The Northwest Medical Center's Wound Care Program provides individuals a comprehensive approach to the care of chronic, non-healing wounds. Chronic wounds have many causes including diabetes, venous and or arterial insufficiency and pressure from immobility.
Northwest Wound Care Center
Following a thorough evaluation by a member of our highly qualified medical staff, each patient receives an individualized plan of care designed to address the wound as well as its underlying cause.
This continuum of Wound Care Services incorporates a wide range of advanced therapeutic technologies with services such as vascular assessment and surgical Intervention, infection control, debridement, laboratory, radiology, skin grafting, pharmacy, nutrition, protection devices, rehabilitation, home health care, patient and family education.
Our comprehensive approach to Wound Care provides each patient with a coordinated case management approach. This assures the appropriate level of support to minimize waste, save money and avoid unnecessary or duplicate treatment.
Patients are seen in the outpatient clinic on a weekly or
bi-weekly basis. This frequent visit schedule is part of the aggressive treatment program designed to promote healing of the chronic wound in the most efficient manner possible.
The Wound Care Program is located in the lower lever of Northwest Medical Center, with a large blue awning over the front entrance and a sign identifying the Wound Care Program.
All patients receive treatment plans prescribed and managed by members of the Northwest Medical Center Medical Staff. Physician referral is encouraged but is not a requirement for an individual to receive treatment in the program.
For 2016, our Wound Care Center earned Healogics Center of Distinction for exceptional clinical and operational outcomes. To refer a patient to the Wound Care Program, please call 205-487-7888.
One in every 8 Americans older than 60 years of age have PAD. In all, PAD affects as many as 12 million people in the United States. Slightly more men than women have the disease. Due to the prevalence of PAD, September was named Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month by the US Senate in 2007.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the arms or legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including angina and heart attacks if the coronary arteries are involved; strokes and transient ischemic attacks if the carotid and vertebral arteries are involved; and claudication, non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia if the lower extremity arteries are involved. Common risk factors include high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, atherosclerosis and age. Smokers are four times at greater risk, African Americans are three times as likely to have PAD, and one in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have the disease.
PAD is diagnosed by healthcare professionals who review medical history and tobacco use, and perform physical exams and diagnostic tests. An ankle-brachial index (ABI) test may be performed, as well. An ABI test is painless and easy, and involves a comparison between a blood pressure reading in the ankles and a blood pressure reading in the arms. An ABI can help diagnose PAD, but it cannot identify which arteries are narrowed or blocked. A Doppler ultrasound test may be done to see which artery or arteries are blocked.
For patients with chronic wounds and their healthcare providers, PAD poses particular problems. Chronic toe and foot sores are common in people with PAD, as are cramping, numbness, weakness or heaviness in the leg muscles. However, many patients with PAD do not experience symptoms. That’s why the Northwest Wound Care Center® performs tests for PAD, treats chronic wounds which may have underlying conditions of PAD and counsels patients on how to manage PAD.
The Wound Care Center® at Northwest Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the sixth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 3 to June 7. Wound Care Awareness was established by Healogics in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available. Northwest Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine located at Northwest Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.