Seaweed Wound Dressings
Medical Grade Honey from New Zealand
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
We simply draw a patient’s blood, separate the platelets that are rich in growth factors, and apply it to the wound. This process accelerates recovery, allowing the body to heal itself.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (Wound Vac)
A procedure that uses a vacuum dressing to assist in increasing blood flow to the wound and drawing out excess fluids while stimulating new tissue growth.
A technology that transmits low-frequency energy through sound waves to gently remove bacteria and dead tissue without damaging healthy tissue and aids in accelerated healing.
Total Contact Cast
A total contact cast is a specialty cast designed to take the weight off certain parts of the foot. It is most used in Diabetic patients with foot ulcers and is the gold standard for offloading pressure.
Sterile Medical Maggot Debridement
Used since ancient times as a natural, incredible healing method, these larvae can help disinfect and clean dead wound tissue, which creates a healthy wound bed.
To offload your wound means to reduce the pressure that is on and around the wound. When you have pressure on the wound, it reduces blood flow to the wound and prevents healing. Your wound care team will discuss specific ways for you to offload your specific wound. Common offloading strategies include:
- Turn or reposition every 2 hours or sooner.
- Use pillows, wedges (Carpenter Cushion), specialty wheelchair cushions or other special devices like boots and shoes to lift the wound off hard surfaces.
- Alternating Low Air-loss Mattress may be ordered (ALAL).
- Special dressings can reduce wound pressure.
Poor nutrition can be another factor that slows wound healing. Glucose — an important energy source — is vital in helping the body create new tissue. Proteins, certain fatty acids, and vitamins are just a few of the building blocks the body needs to repair itself.
Wounds need oxygen from the blood in order to heal. It’s important to assess the vascular status to the affected tissue. Vascular screening includes evaluation of both the arteries and veins. We’ll look for arterial blockages and plaque buildup, or incompetent valves in your veins. A vascular screening can catch these problems before they become serious. These tests are painless and easy.
Compression therapy is often ordered to reduce swelling and edema in the lower extremities. There are various types of compression garments that your wound medicine provider may order. Compression should be snug but should NOT cause pain.
Synthetic Skin Grafts
Wound coverings created through combining various types of living and/or non-living cells and growth factors to aide in faster wound healing.
Sharp debridement uses multiple surgical tools for aggressive removal of dead tissue. This removal of bacteria and dead tissue gets down to the level of healthy bleeding tissue and promotes wound healing.