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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 and more.
  • 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:

  • Whirlpool.
  • Sharp debridement.
  • Wound VACs.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Skin substitutions (with MD).
  • Dressing changes—minimum of 2 to 3 times per week.
  • Compression wraps/stockings.

Services are provided to inpatients and outpatients. A physician referral is required.