Patients can expect a comprehensive assessment that involves reviewing the history of your wound(s) and any factors that may have contributed to the development of the wound or prevent the wound from healing. Comprehensive assessments can include nutritional evaluations and blood work to determine the extent of malnourishment, assessments related to cardiovascular insufficiency, for patients who are diabetic a comprehensive evaluation includes neuropathic assessment, diabetic foot exam and a review of diabetic management. If a patient presents with a wound(s) that the clinician suspects might be infected a wound culture will be obtained to identify the offending pathogen.
How is APS Wound Care different from all other wound care centers?
At APS wound care we use innovative treatment to heal wounds in a shorter amount of time. We are constantly in contact with industry leaders and developers to provide our patients with gold standard treatment and services in a cost effective manner. We have partnered with other providers in the area to ensure we meet the needs of our patients, this includes referrals for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, podiatry, cardiovascular intervention, home health services, primary care providers, assisted living facilities.
What does innovative treatment mean?
Innovative treatment is the use of advanced and personalized integrative medicine. Innovative treatments can include products that help reduce pressure and decrease repetitive trauma to an area to promote blood flow and allow time to heal, products that promote a patient’s own healing and reduce the overall amount of time required for healing or by promoting the epithelialization process in as little as 7 days.
When should I see a doctor about my wound?
Wounds typically take 7-10 days to heal after the initial injury. If after 7-10 days your wound has not healed or appears angry and red, call your primary care doctor or call to schedule an appointment.
How does nutrition affect my wound?
Everyone needs calories and protein to fuel the everyday functions of the body. Calories provide energy and EVERY cell in your body requires energy. Protein is used to build, maintain and repair damaged body tissues. It is important to make sure you as a wound care patient are eating a balanced diet to prevent any vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies. Some vitamins more than others are critical in wound healing, they are essential to help build and maintain new tissues. When an individual has a draining wound and/or an infection they will need extra protein, calories and nutrients, due to the possibility that a draining wound can lose upto 100 grams of protein a day.
Below are some helpful tips on ways to increase calories, protein, vitamins and minerals in your diet to meet your increased needs.
- Do not skip meals. Even if you do not feel like you are hungry, eat a small nutritious snack. Eat a well balanced diet and include a protein supplement of your choosing.
- We prescribe a daily multivitamin to all of our patients, we recommend you talk to your primary care physician before starting any supplements.
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