A wound that becomes infected could lead to severe injury or even death. Wound care is the medical process of treating a wound to prevent infection, promote proper healing, and minimize scarring.   A wound can heal by either regeneration or scar formation.  Regeneration occurs when parts of an organ or tissue regrows.  On the contrary, scarring occurs when new collagen fibers replace the damaged skin. Regeneration is ideal versus scar formation.

At Premier Home Care, we have a dedicated wound care specialist on staff at all times.  Our wound care specialist has a WOCN certification (wound, ostomy, continence nurse), distinguishing our expertise in wound care treatment. 

Our Wound Care Treatment Process

When providing wound care to our patients, we follow a five-step process to maximize healing effectiveness.

  1. Patient Evaluation (in person)
  2. Collaboration between the primary nurse, WOCN, and patient’s physician
  3. Create a customized plan created based on patient needs
  4. Provide wound care treatment to the patient
  5. Monitor and adjust (if needed)

It is important to note that we are in constant communication with the patient’s family to keep them updated on treatment.

Different Types of Wounds

It is critical to know the different types of wounds to treat them effectively.  At Premier Home Care, we classify wounds into five main categories:

Surgical – Created during surgery either by an incision or an opening from a draining.  Vary in size. A surgical scalpel usually creates them.

Vascular – Long-term ulcers created by complications with the vascular system, such as restrictions or damages to the blood vessels.

Diabetic – Open wounds or sores affecting people with diabetes.  Typically found on the feet, hands, and folds of skin.

Pressure – Caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They typically affect people confined to beds or wheelchairs.

Trauma – Unplanned, one-time injuries varying in severity from minor cuts and scrapes to more significant wounds such as burns and bites.

Cleaning and Dressing the Wound

As mentioned above, there are many different types of wounds, so depending on which category will determine precisely the best way to clean and dress them, ultimately reducing the risk of infection and speeding up healing.  Generally, we exercise the following sterile techniques:

  1. Wash hands with disinfectant soap
  2. Carefully remove the soiled dressing
  3. Inspect the wound for color, fluid, odor, etc.
  4. Clean the wound with water, soap, or antiseptic wash.
  5. Treat the wound with a topical (as prescribed by physician)
  6. Redress the wound

We always bring our own wound care kit for treatment; however, it critical to also have one at your elderly loved one’s home at all times.  We will teach you how to take care of your wound so you are prepared during instances when we are not there.