Wound Care Center
Wound Care services at Providence Tarzana Medical Center offer hope to patients who have chronic or non-healing wounds (wounds that have not healed after six weeks of treatment).
Patients may be referred through their physician or they may call the Providence Wound Care Center directly for an appointment. Our professionals work with the patient, their families or caregivers, and their physicians to coordinate care and develop an appropriate treatment program. Some of the chronic wounds treated by the Providence Tarzana Wound Center include:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Ulcers secondary to immunologic disorders, including vasculitis, rheumatologic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
- Pressure ulcers
- Soft-tissue infections
- Post-acute burns
- Surgical wounds
A Comprehensive Approach to Wound Care
To encourage optimal healing, our team takes a multi-disciplinary approach. We understand every patient has special needs. As a result, we design individualized treatment plans that include patient education to help prevent wounds from reoccurring. Families, caregivers, and home health care nurses who provide care for patients are also included in the treatment process.
Depending on each patient's specific medical needs, a combination of the following treatments may be used for wound care treatment:
- Wound assessment: Careful evaluation of the wound allows the team to determine the level of treatment needed.
- Diagnostic Testing And Imaging: Diagnostic testing and imaging helps Identify and correct problems that may have caused the wound. Additional medical tests may be required to get to the underlying cause of why a wound won't heal; other tests may be needed as follow-up care to ensure the wound is healing properly.
- Diabetes Care: Wound care patients with diabetes heal differently than those with other medical conditions and require special attention. Our wound care team includes access to certified diabetes educators.
- Ostomy care: Some patients with ostomies develop skin problems around the ostomy. These types of problems require specialized care. The Providence Wound Care Center team works closely with Providence Ostomy Services to provide ostomy patients, their families and caregivers the knowledge they need to care for the ostomies, while resolving skin problems.
- Home health care: The Providence Wound Care Center team works closely with home health agencies to ensure continuity of wound care at home.
- Physician consultations: The Providence Wound Care Center team will call in specialists when needed to provide additional expertise for infectious disease, general surgery, vascular, orthopedic, plastic or podiatric interventions.
- Specialized dressings: Different types of dressings are indicated for different types of wound care problems. Some dressings have medicines or chemicals within the fibers that promote healing and limit the potential for infection. Different levels of absorbency are also available, depending on need.
- Compression therapy (specialized outer wraps): Some wounds require extra compression of the tissue in order to heal correctly, while some require a unique shape for a specialized outer wrap in order to hold the dressings in place.
- Customized prosthetics and orthotics: Wounds on the foot may heal better when pressure is relieved. Custom orthotics and prosthetics may be prescribed to relieve pressure in specific areas, allowing the wound to heal.
- Debridement: Some wounds have unhealthy tissue in the wound bed that must be removed before healthy tissue can grow. Debridement removes the unhealthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue behind and enabling the body to generate new cells to heal the wound.
- Infection control: Any time there is an open wound, there is a chance for infection to become established. Wounds need to be monitored carefully for infection and treated, should an infection occur.
- Bio-synthetic grafts: Synthetic skin substitutes may be needed to promote growth and development of skin tissue during the healing process.
- Vacuum-assisted wound closure: This procedure continuously removes debris and infectious material from the wound surface and promotes healing.
- Nutritional guidance: Wounds need certain vitamins, minerals and proteins in order to heal properly.