Advanced Wound Care
Summa Health System offers a supportive, patient-centered and team-based approach to wound management. By partnering with referring physicians, we assist patients with learning how to manage their condition and heal their wounds.
The Advanced Wound Care program at Summa St. Thomas Hospital consistently has better than a 90% healing percentage. They heal most wounds within 14 weeks of admission.
Access to a comprehensive range of wound care services is provided, including:
• Specialized wound dressings
• Compression therapy
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
• Prescription growth factors
• Engineered skin grafting
• Edema management
• Non-invasive vascular assessment
• Other advanced therapies
Any patient with a wound that has not begun to heal within 2 weeks or is not completely healed in 5 weeks may benefit from participation in Summa Wound Care.
Conditions requiring wound care therapy include:
• Diabetic ulcers
• Surgical wounds
• Neuropathic ulcers
• Pressure ulcers
• Ischemic ulcers
• Peristomal skin irritations
• Venous insufficiency
• Chronic non-healing wounds
• Traumatic wounds
Summa Wound Care offers both inpatient and outpatient wound care at six convenient locations in both Summit and Portage counties, including:
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
When a patient’s skin tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen than normal to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen the blood can carry which stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells. This improves the healing process and fights infection.
HBOT therapy is performed by having the patient lie on a padded table that slides into a chamber similar to an MRI chamber. The chamber is then gradually pressurized with pure oxygen. Patients are asked to relax and breathe normally during the treatment normally lasts between 30 minutes to a couple hours. At the end of the session, the technician slowly depressurizes the chamber.
Conditions which can benefit from HBOT include:
• Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities
• Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
• Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradio necrosis
• Progressive necrotizing infection (necrotizing fasciitis)
• Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
• A cute peripheral arterial insufficiency
• Compromised skin grafts and flaps
Caring for cuts and scrapes
Here are some basic guidelines to care for a cut or scrape at home:
• Apply pressure on the area with a tissue, gauze pad, or clean cloth to stop any bleeding. The bleeding should stop after a few minutes, but if it soaks through the gauze or cloth, add more gauze or and apply more pressure. Don’t remove the gauze until you’ve applied pressure for several minutes. Removing the cloth too soon will break the clot that is forming. If blood spurts from the wound, or it does not stop bleeding after 10 minutes of pressure, seek medical help; you may need stitches.
• After the bleeding has stopped, rinse the cut thoroughly with cool water.
• Clean the skin around the wound with mild soap and a soft cloth. Never use hydrogen peroxide or iodine.
• Use tweezers cleaned in alcohol to remove any gravel, dirt, glass or other foreign matter that’s still in the wound.
• If the wound was dirty, apply antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection and keep the wound moist to assist the healing process.
• Leave a cut or scrape uncovered to allow it to stay dry so it can heal faster. If the cut or scrape is in an area that will get dirty or irritated by clothing, cover it with an adhesive strip.
• If a bandage is used, change it daily -- or sooner, if it becomes dirty or wet -- to keep the wound clean and dry.
When a cut needs more than home care
Most cuts and scrapes can be safely treated at home, but in some cases they may need medical attention to help reduce infection and speed the healing process.
Here are some guidelines on how to determine if a cut or scrape needs immediate medical attention:
• The wound is from a human or animal bite.
• It is deep enough to see fat, muscle, or bone.
• It has jagged edges or edges that are far apart; or the edges gape open.
• It is a long cut or blood is spurting from it.
• It is on the face, wrist, hand, or finger; and joints aren’t working.
• It is difficult to remove any dirt that is in the cut or scrape.
• The cut becomes tender, inflamed or drains a thick, creamy, grayish fluid.
• You develop a fever of more than 100.4°Fahrenheit (38° Celsius).
• The area around the cut feels numb.
• Red streaks form near the cut.
• It’s a puncture wound or deep cut and you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years.
Schedule an Appointment
To make an appointment, contact (330) 375-6363.