Val Verde Regional Medical Center's Rehabilitation Department provides care and education for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds—those that do not show any signs of improvement after four to six weeks.
Non-healing wounds are often associated with poor blood flow to an injury site and occur frequently among people with diabetes; those who may have had radiation therapy, trauma or other medical conditions; and people with pressure ulcers resulting from lack of movement.
Some of the services offered are:
- Treatment for those with acute or chronic wounds in surgical incisions, amputations, burns, pressure ulcers, venous/arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers, etc.
- Debride/remove dead tissue and debris that can prevent effective healing
- Address any underlying infection, which is often the cause of many delays and complications
The treatments used include:
- Sharp debridement
- Wound VACs
- Skin substitutions (with MD)
- Dressing changes minimum 2-3 week
- Compression wraps/stockings
Services are provided to inpatients and outpatients. A physician referral is required.