Healing Solutions for Chronic Wounds
King’s Daughters Wound Care Center®, managed by Healogics, Inc., is an award-winning center providing specialized treatment for chronic or nonhealing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, nonhealing wounds decrease the quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.
That’s where our Wound Care Center can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available, people with nonhealing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, and other techniques to address total patient health.
Chronic wounds: a growing problem
It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds. That number is expected to grow at more than 2% for the next decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system. More than 37 million people (11% of population) have diabetes in the United States. Almost 2 million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wounds. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way.
At King’s Daughters Wound Care Center, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.
Partnership with the leading wound care management team leads to successful healing
Through a partnership with Healogics, King’s Daughters is able to offer a comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company, with nearly 800 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for nearly 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Healogics centers traditionally achieve excellent, clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 91% healing rate within 30 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.
A comprehensive team of wound care specialists
The King’s Daughters Wound Care Center is designed to complement your physicians’ services. The center is made up of a team of professionals, including:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform noninvasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced office staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
What to expect from the first appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to a Healogics Wound Care Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing the wound.
For diagnosis, we may use the following:
- Imaging (including MRI)
- Laboratory evaluation
- Transcutaneous (under the skin) oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, possibly including an electrocardiogram
Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients can drive themselves to the center for therapy and should plan on two and a half to three hours for each visit.
What is specialized wound care?
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the center on a regular basis for specialized treatments. You will be told how to do your own wound care at home and how to protect your wound from further injury. You are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to healing. The center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, use of special shoes, and patient education.
Preparing for your treatments
You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound due to its effect on the blood vessels.
If you are sick or on medication
If you have a cold or cough, flu, a sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the center before your treatments begin. Also 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 may be checked during each visit to the center.
We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.
King’s Daughters Wound Care Center
Hours of Operation:
- Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Closed daily for lunch from noon-1 p.m.