The Wound Healing Center at Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art outpatient department staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and therapists specialized and committed to the healing of open wounds.
Our comprehensive approach to wound healing allows us to utilize the most current and aggressive approaches to achieve healing for patients regardless of the length of time they have had their wound.
In recent decades, advances in knowledge related to the causes of chronic wounds, the biology of wound repair, and sophisticated active dressings and biologics for wound healing have enabled wound specialists to offer hope, healing and relief from pain to the patient with an open wound.
The Wound Healing Center practice is based upon the premise of first identifying the cause of the wound, the barriers to healing present in the individual patient, and then designing a treatment approach customized to meet that individual patient’s needs. This is accomplished by a thorough evaluation of the patient’s physical health, appropriate diagnostic studies, and evaluation of the wound. Additionally, patient and family education related to the causative factors, disease processes and skin care will be provided to reduce the risk of recurrence of the ulcer.
We will work in partnership with your primary physician to coordinate the patient’s care, and reports of your progress will be sent to the referring and consulting physician(s).
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of wounds does the center take care of?
Acute and chronic wounds of any type, including, but not limited to:
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic / neuropathic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency ulcers
- Arterial / Ischemic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic injuries
- Incontinence or other moisture related dermatitis
- Radiation injuries
- Minor burns**
**Burn injuries involving the face or threatening loss of function to extremities should first be evaluated at a trauma or burn center.
What kinds of treatments are done at the center?
A comprehensive evaluation will be done to determine the most evidence based approach required. An assessment of the barriers to healing is done early in order to address any problems. These barriers may include but are not limited to: nutritional issues, smoking, blood flow, repeated trauma (such as pressure from beds, wheelchairs or shoes), infection, the presence of necrotic tissue, or medical problems that require treatment before the wound may heal. We accomplish this through a review of the patient’s history and physical examination, lab work and diagnostic studies (such as x-rays, lower extremity dopplers, etc).
Other treatments may include:
- Debridement (removal of dead or non-viable tissue) using an instrument or through the use of an ultrasonic debridement device.
- Wound cultures to assess for infection
- Blood flow measurement / non-invasive vascular assessment
- Blood glucose
- Compression therapy
- Specialized / creative off-loading techniques
- Bio-engineered tissues / growth factor therapy
- Dressings utilizing the most advanced interactive dressings available
- Hyperbaric oxygen (learn more about our Hyperbaric Center)
What considerations are given to pain?
- Pain is assessed at each and every visit, whether it relates to the patient’s wound or not.
- Topical or injectable anesthetics are used before any procedure that may cause discomfort. If a procedure is causing intolerable discomfort, the procedure will be stopped.
- Prescriptions for wound related pain may be available depending on the patient’s needs and other prescribing physicians.
- Referral to a pain management specialist may be made to help with the management of chronic pain
Do patients need a referral?
While most of the time patients are referred by their primary care physician, patients may also self refer for treatment. We strongly encourage and maintain close collaboration with a patient’s personal physician for the best continuity of care.
Many insurance plans require the patient to have a referral and authorization from their primary care physician, and the patient will need to have that for their first visit. Our front office staff will assist with providing the necessary information for authorizations for subsequent visits. Standard insurance co-pays will be collected at the time of the visit, and our registration staff will set up arrangements for financial assistance as needed.
How do patients make appointments for the clinic?
Call the Wound Healing Center directly at (407) 518-3565, Monday – Friday, between 8:00am – 4:30pm.