St. Rita's Wound Outpatient Care Services is a service offered to patients who are experiencing ostomy complications and/or difficulty healing a wound. Providers specifically trained in wound and ostomy care management and specially trained registered nurses work with patients. Proper wound care management involves diagnosing the cause, providing proper treatment, addressing other health problems that affect healing and offering education to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Many patients suffer from chronic wounds caused by a variety of diseases. Wounds can occur on any part of the body, but are most commonly seen on the legs and feet. Improper treatment of the wound, poor diet, pressure and infection can often further delay the healing process. We offers you and your patients access to state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and support services, we partner with you – the referring physician – to aid in the healing process.
Treatment of Wounds
The patient's wounds will be carefully evaluated by qualified staff that will identify the most appropriate method of treatment. St. Rita's Wound Care Services has the most advance wound care products available and the staff is continually updated on the use of these specialized products. Our qualified staff also works directly with the patient to provide instruction on caring for the wound and the patient's overall health.
Treatment Methods include:
- Compression Therapy: This form of therapy consists of multi-layered wraps to control swelling and allow leg wounds to close. In most cases, patients come to the clinic weekly to have their wraps changed.
- Debridement: Debridement is the removal of dead tissue from the wound. Removing this tissue assists the healing process by stimulating growth factors, reducing pressure and aiding in infection control.
- Pressure Relief: Wounds are often the result of uncontrolled pressure. The use of various types of pressure-relieving devices assists blood flow, reduces trauma and accelerates wound healing.
- Proper Shoe Wear: Diabetic feet are especially at risk for hard-to-heal wounds due to circulation problems and sensation changes. Physicians can recommend proper shoe wear.
- Infection Control: Occasionally infections involve the bone and require more aggressive management. Wound Care Services offers a physician specialized in the treatment of wound infections to assist in the care of these complicated problems.
- Hyperbarics: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a very effective way to help the body heal wounds and fight infection. Click here to learn more.
- Foot and Ankle Surgeons: Surgery consultation is also available as an option for those with recurring problems caused by complications of the bone structures of the foot and ankle
Results of Treatment
Most chronic wounds take several weeks of treatment for complete healing. If an infection is present, healing is delayed even further. Appropriate disease management, treatment of the wound and patient education can assist in healing the wound and possibly preventing future problems.
Common Symptoms Needing Treatment
Various conditions can indicate the need for patients to seek additional treatment for a chronic, non-healing wound. If a patient is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they should consult with their physician for a referral to Wound Care services:
- Open Areas of the Skin that have not shown and healing improvement in two weeks
- Wounds that have been present for four weeks or longer
- Wounds that are infected including symptoms of increased pain, redness, drainage, fever and/or swelling at or around the wound site
- Wounds that heal but reopen again
- Diabetic feet with cracks or sores, especially with a callous present or not feeling in the foot
Types of Wounds Treated
With St. Rita's Wound Care Services, the following types of wounds are treated:
- Venous Stasis Leg Ulcers Caused by Venous Disease (Blood pools in the legs causing swelling and making it difficult for the leg ulcers to heal)
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers with or without Good Circulation or Feeling (Neuropathy)
- Wounds that have Infection Extending into the Bone (Osteomylitis)
- Arterial and Pressure Ulcers
- Non-Healing Surgical Wounds or Burns
Treatment in Wound Care Services is not limited to only these types of wounds. If you feel you could benefit from additional treatment options, talk to your physician.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence staff offers ostomy services which include pre-operation education and counseling as well as pre-op stoma marking. We also work closely with patients and their families in the Medical Center who have been diagnosed with new stomas teaching them how to care for themselves. The St. Rita's staff also works with patients in the Medical Center who already have stomas and need additional help. We regularly see patients in the Outpatient Department who have problems managing their ostomies. An ostomy is an artificial opening of an organ of the body created during an operation.
Types of Ostomy’s
- Ileal Conduit
Ostomy Support Group
Another service offered by the ostomy group is an Ostomy Support Group that meets the third Tuesday of every month (excluding July and August) in the Cafe Conference Room of the Medical Center. The goal of this group is to educate the patient and family and support/help each other through this process. Call 419-226-9515 to get on the mailing list.
Other Services Available
St. Rita's offers therapy services to assist wound healing such as whirlpool therapy, pulse lavage, and E-stim. Pulse lavage uses high pressure water applied directly to the wound to stimulate healing. E-stim is a treatment which sends electrical pulses into the wound to encourage healing.
Every patient receives a nutritional screening during their first visit. Further nutritional counseling is available as needed by the patient. Dieticians also provide one to one teaching for patients about proper diet and nutrition to improve the body's ability to heal.
A physician referral is required for treatment. Referrals to this service can be made by contacting St. Rita's Wound Care at 419-226-9037 or 1-866-560-0002.
Referred patients are evaluated by a physician in Wound Care Services and a course of treatment will be prescribed. After each patient visit, the course of treatment and progress notes are sent to the referring physician.