Wound care specialists provide options for hard-to-treat wounds
In Panama City, Florida, doctors and nurses at the wound care center specialize in treating complex, slow-healing wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers. We offer advanced wound-care treatments to promote healing, including:
- Cellulitis therapy
- Compression therapy
- Infection management and prevention
- Wound cleaning
- Wound dressing
Wound care after surgery is critical for your health. And doing regular self-checks, especially in hard-to-see places, may help prevent infection and serious complications. Our care team is here to help.
Our specially trained team has experience in treating chronic wounds and wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Wounds that don't heal properly may lead to inadequate circulation, immobility, poorly functioning veins, lower quality of life and the need for amputation.
Our team uses treatments designed specifically for each type of wound. We follow the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.
Wound care to treat many conditions
Our wound care doctors treat many adult health conditions, including:
- Slow- or non-healing wounds
- Wounds over 30 days old failing multiple treatments/therapies
- Post-operative infected wounds
- Skin tears or lacerations
- Severe anemia
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Burns, including radiation injury or burns
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crush injury to skin or bone
- Decompression sickness
- Foot and leg ulcers (diabetes and pressure ulcers)
- Infection of skin (graft)
- Bone infections
- Wounds from brown recluse spider bites
Work with our wound care team to manage your recovery
Our doctors and nurses listen to understand you and your health concerns. And we understand your frustration when wounds are not healing. We show you how to improve your wound-cleaning hygiene at home as part of your personalized recovery plan. Our goal is to help prevent rehospitalization for infection or wound-healing complications, and improve your quality of life.
Our care team consists of:
- Doctors with advanced training in wound management
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
As part of Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, our interdisciplinary model of care includes infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education and other specialties to comprehensively address patient health.
Treatment from the Wound Care Center is designed to complement services from your primary care doctor.
Working together optimizes healing
The Wound Care Center at Ascension Sacred Heart Bay operates in collaboration with Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliates manage a network of locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
What to expect at the Wound Care Center
Patients are typically referred to the Wound Care Center by a primary care doctor and are seen by appointment only. Before starting treatment, patients undergo a thorough exam to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. In your initial appointment, our team will review your overall health status and any factors that may limit your participation in therapy.
A customized treatment plan will be developed to best address your needs. Wound size and depth will be documented at your first visit and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic tools used may include:
- Lab tests
- Imaging, including MRI
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, such as electrocardiogram
Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Wound Care Center for therapy. Please plan on 2.5-3 hours for your first visit and 1 hour for follow-up visits.
Once treatment begins, you will visit the Wound Care Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and review of your healing progress. Our team will instruct you on how to care for your wound at home between visits and how to protect your wound from further injury.
A few notes regarding wound care treatment:
- You should refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.
- If you have a cold, cough, flu symptoms, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, inform our staff before a treatment session.
- Alert the staff to any medications you are taking or changes in medication during the course of your treatment.
- If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. Your blood sugar level will be checked during each visit to the Wound Care Center.
- You are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical steps on your recovery journey.
We look forward to serving you. Please call our office with any questions.