Wound Care Center
Some five million Americans develop chronic wounds each year as a result of diabetes, vascular disease, radiation therapy and other conditions that may compromise the body’s ability to carry out the normal healing process. In some cases, these wounds take weeks, months, even years to fully heal, dramatically affecting the quality of life.
For many patients, persistent or unidentifiable wounds can be cause for concern. Fortunately, Terrebonne General offers the most comprehensive wound care treatment program in the region at the TGMC Wound Care Clinic. The clinic had an experienced team that consists of a medical director and certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse who offer state-of-the -art methods and approaches for treating problem wounds. The Wound Care Clinic is equipped with the latest technological advancements that can accelerate the healing process, reduce the risk for infection and help patients avoid hospitalization.
From referral to treatment.
Most patients that seek treatment at the Wound Care Clinic have some sort of complication with a wound and can either be referred by a physician or seek treatment on their own. The patient’s underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, poor circulation or heart disease are major contributing factors to treating wounds.
When a patient is first referred to the Wound Care Clinic, he or she is assessed and diagnosed by the clinic’s medical director and a certified wound care professional. The wound care team will conduct an evaluation of the wound and decide the best method of an individualized treatment plan for the patient.
The TGMC Wound Care Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of:
- pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- venous, arterial and diabetic leg ulcers
- surgical and trauma wounds
- burns(thermal, chemical, radiation) and skin conditions
- colostomy/ileostomy/gastrostomy/urostomy complications
The Clinic works with primary care physicians or specialists to develop a treatment plan that will suit the patient’s needs.
Some of the many services provided by the Wound Care Clinic include:
- Wound care recommendations regarding topical therapy and pressure relief.
- Conservative instrumental debridement.
- Compression therapy for venous ulcers and offloading for diabetic ulcers.
- Diabetic foot care (nail trimming).
- Vacuum assisted closure therapy for wounds.
- Nutritional assessment and interventions.
- Patient, family, and caregiver education.
- Appropriate referrals: surgeon, cardiologist, orthotist, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, podiatrist, etc.
- Ongoing communication regarding patients' evaluations and recommendations with home health agencies, nursing homes, and LTACS.
A team approach to care.
The Wound Care Clinic is supervised by a medical director, who oversees all aspects of care and treatment ensuring that you receive the highest level of wound management possible. In addition, the clinic has a highly qualified and certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse. These trained professionals have a team approach to high-quality yet cost-effective care, and apply research-based protocols to identify and correct impediments to healing.
Whose is a candidate?
Any patient who has a wound, acute or chronic, that is not showing signs of healing after one to two weeks, or patients with complicated surgical wounds are candidates for treatment at the TGMC Wound Care Clinic.
Don’t wait until it’s too late.
For most people, a sore is nothing more than an inconvenience, but for those with conditions that compromise the body’s ability to heal itself, the Wound Care Clinic at TGMC can help. Don’t delay – start healing today.
To contact the Wound Care Clinic at Terrebonne General Medical Center call 985-873-4176.
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.