For most people who get a cut or a burn, the wound heals within a few weeks. But if you have diabetes, a circulatory problem or a compromised immune system, even a small injury can become a serious, chronic wound.
Our skilled physicians and nurses use the most advanced treatments available for wound healing. We also address the underlying causes of chronic wounds, including diseases and injuries.
What Is a Chronic Wound?
A chronic wound is an area of skin breakdown that has not shown signs of improvement in four weeks or that has not completely healed in eight weeks.
When a wound fails to heal, it forms a covering of dead or contaminated tissue called fibrin slough tissue. This tissue can trap infection in the wound and stops the body's natural healing process.
The first step in successful wound care is to remove fibrin slough tissue so that new skin cells can grow and heal the wound. Our wound care experts remove this tissue using debridement, or surgical removal of the dead tissue. Depending on what caused the wound, you may need debridement weekly until new cell growth begins.
Wound Care at Medical Center of Trinity: Conditions We Treat
At the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, we care for patients with acute and chronic wounds of any type, including:
- Minor burns
- Injuries caused by radiation exposure
- Injuries resulting from trauma
- Skin damage caused by incontinence or other moisture
- Skin ulcers caused by:
- Skin wounds caused by:
- Surgical incision
- Peripheral artery disease (poor blood flow in the legs)
Medical Center of Trinity: Specialized Wound Care Services
We provide full-service care to treat patients with emergency and chronic wounds resulting from various health conditions. Learn more about all of our services:
Contact Us About Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
For more information about our hospital, to get a physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions, call Consult-A-Nurse at (727) 834-5630.