At the Wound Prevention and Management Center at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown, we are dedicated to giving patients the tools they need to manage their wounds and prevent future wounds.
Our philosophy is to treat not just the wound, but the whole patient. This includes nutrition consultation by a doctor, patient and family education, and communication with the patient's primary care physician.
The doctors and nursing staff here use advanced methods for cleaning and healing wounds, including debridement, pulsatile lavage, compression wraps, and negative pressure therapy – a technique that promotes healing by forming an airtight seal over the open area and painlessly removing the drainage and pulling new tissue to the top.
Patients are either referred by physicians or make appointments themselves. On the initial visit, the staff performs an evaluation and develops a plan of care with the patient's input.
About Wound Care
What to Expect on Your Visit
- You or your physician will call to schedule the initial appointment.
- We ask you to bring all medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications.
- Your initial evaluation consists of a physical, a review of your medical history, wound evaluation, photographs, and other noninvasive tests to help us set up your individual treatment plan.
- Consultation appointments with specialty physicians, surgeons, or lymphedema specialists and appointments for diagnostic tests such as ultrasound and blood work are made based on your needs.
- We encourage you to ask questions during your visit so we can
Types of Wounds We Manage
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Leg ulcers related to venous insufficiency
- Arterial ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic ulcers
- Nonhealing surgical wounds
- Traumatic injuries
Chronic Wound Risk Factors
- Poor diet
- Blood flow problems
- Kidney disease
Facts about Wound Care and Chronic Disease
- Approximately 5 million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions.
- Fifteen percent of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds.
- Diabetes makes a patient 15 times more likely to undergo an amputation.
- One half of all diabetics will develop complications, which can lead to injuries, chronic infections and amputations.
- Approximately 60,000 diabetics will undergo amputations each year.
- 1.5 million People who suffer from chronic wounds have diabetic ulcers.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates amputations related to diabetes could be cut by 50 percent if patients were given proper wound care and education.
- According to recent studies, wound care treatment centers have decreased hospital stays by 24 percent and significantly reduced the rate of amputations.
- According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, foot ulcers and other foot complications are responsible for 20 percent of the nation's nearly 3 million annual diabetes-related hospital admissions.
Sources: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diversified Therapy Corporation and the American Hospital Association News
If you have a wound that has not healed, consider seeking help at the Wound Prevention and Management Center. We use methods that have proven effective in healing wounds and preventing future wounds. In addition, we offer a comprehensive approach based on education and patient involvement, and we emphasize nutrition and healthy habits.