Healing the Wounds of Life
Some wounds don’t want to heal properly and require specialized care. For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For some individuals, however, it becomes a complex medical problem requiring specialized treatment and care. There are many reasons why a wound will not heal and it takes a specially-trained care team to assess a non-healing wound and develop the right plan for treatment. Problem wounds are common among diabetics and individuals with a range of other medical conditions that interfere with the body’s natural healing process. The professional medical team in the Wound Care Department at Redlands Community Hospital provides a full range of services for effective wound treatment and management of associated medical conditions. An extensive program of care involves the complete assessment of the wound, treatment, redressing of wounds, evaluation of treatment effectiveness and the option of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
An Outpatient Service
Wound care therapy at Redlands Community Hospital is performed on an outpatient basis under the supervision of Steven Beutler, M.D., Medical Director of the Wound Care Department. An inter-disciplinary team of medical staff provide an innovative blend of new technologies with traditional treatments to enhance wound healing. This structural approach to wound care enables the medical team to determine root causes of resistance to healing and to achieve results through an individualized patient care plan. Patients are evaluated to determine any underlying conditions, such as diabetes, poor circulation, or lifestyle habits that might inhibit the natural healing process.
Tender Loving Care
Wound Care staff are committed to providing patients optimal care with dignity and respect. Every consideration is given to accommodate a patient’s physical and emotional needs as an integral part of the healing process. Wellness and prevention education is an essential part of the wound care plan.
Factors Affecting Healing
Wound healing can be slowed or halted due to a variety of factors, including infections, nutritional deficiencies, physical disabilities, a suppressed immune system, diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation. Insufficient oxygen and nutrients, and not enough removal of wastes from the body adversely affect the healing of wounds. Inadequate blood supply is one of the most significant factors and often occurs in diabetes and in various venous and arterial conditions. Wounds in the lower extremities (feet) are especially at risk for diabetics, and if not treated correctly, may eventually result in amputation.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)
Hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy is administered to patients in specially designed hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Breathing pure oxygen increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream and promotes wound healing by stimulating new vascular growth and facilitating the normal wound healing process. HBO is used only when the physician determines it would be beneficial. A network of other specialists offer physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, dietary care, infection control, vascular surgery, orthopedic care, laboratory tests and more. If you know of someone who might benefit from Wound Care Therapy, please pass this information on. Don’t wait until it’s too late, call:
It doesn't take a miracle, it takes advanced medicine and a team of wound care experts.... People suffering from chronic wounds and infections have access to a comprehensive and timely treatment . . .the key to complete recovery.
|For more information regarding Redlands Community Hospital's
Wound Care Center, please call (909) 335-5615.