Wound Care

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Patients are sometimes discharged from the hospital with slow-healing surgical wounds. Others suffer from chronic conditions, like diabetes, that can cause wounds or open sores that don’t heal easily. To prevent infections and other complications, getting proper care for wounds at home is critical.

Patients with acute or chronic wounds gain independence and better health through the care of our specially trained staff. Our wound care team of registered nurses have received advanced training in wound care and wound products by our staff wound ostomy-certified nurses (WOCNs). The RNs make recommendations for the most appropriate, evidence-based wound treatment regimens to shorten healing time. A nutritionist is also available to help patients understand the role of protein in healing.

Patients are treated in their own homes, which helps individuals get better faster. Physicians are notified of assessments and recommendations immediately after the patient is seen.

The wound care team treats all types of wounds, including:

  • Fistulas
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Stasis ulcers
  • Traumatic ulcers

Types of Care Provided

  • Prevention of pressure ulcers
  • Selection of pressure-reducing support surfaces
  • Wound product selection
  • Braden scale assessments performed on all patients to identify those at risk for skin breakdown
  • Ankle-brachial index test (ABI) by WOCN only
  • Conservative sharp debridement by WOCN only
  • Doppler by WOCN only

Services Offered

  • Basic care, such as cleaning wounds, changing dressings and administering antibiotic therapy (if prescribed)
  • Education for patients and caregivers on how to change wound dressings, manage pain and recognize possible complications
  • State-of-the-art therapies, such as the a Vacuum Assisted Closure (Vac), which stimulates growth and helps wounds heal faster
  • Coordination of care with your doctor, including sending digital pictures of your wound

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
BJC Home Care Services is a provider of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NWPT). There are many benefits of this equipment, including: 

  • The machines are quiet, small and lightweight, making them highly portable 
  • They're easy to use
  • They can be used with foam or gauze

Physicians Review Photos 
BJC Home Care nurses take photos of wounds and upload them to the BJC's secure network by the next day for physician to review electronically. There are many benefits to wound photos, including:

  • The procedure is convenient for the physicians and patients
  • The photos are organized chronologically
  • The procedure improves communication between the physician and the home care wound team
  • Photos can be emailed to the physicians 
  • Treatment can be based on real-time data, allowing improved outcomes
  • Basic care, such as cleaning wounds, changing dressings and administering antibiotic therapy (if prescribed)
  • Education for patients and caregivers on how to change wound dressings, manage pain and recognize possible complications
  • State-of-the-art therapies, such as the a Vacuum Assisted Closure (Vac), which stimulates growth and helps wounds heal faster
  • Coordination of care with your doctor, including sending digital pictures of your wound
  • Basic care, such as cleaning wounds, changing dressings and administering antibiotic therapy (if prescribed)
  • Education for patients and caregivers on how to change wound dressings, manage pain and recognize possible complications
  • State-of-the-art therapies, such as the a Vacuum Assisted Closure (Vac), which stimulates growth and helps wounds heal faster
  • Coordination of care with your doctor, including sending digital pictures of your wound