Do you or a loved one have a wound that simply will not heal? About 5 million Americans have chronic wounds, including those that result from diabetes or other conditions, according to the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Although many wounds heal on their own, some require specialized treatment by clinical experts. The Wound Care Centers at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital can help.

These centers use the latest medical advances to treat chronic wounds. Additionally, the centers also assess factors, such as nutrition, medications and medical conditions, that may affect a person’s ability to heal.

Physicians create a specialized treatment plan based on the patient’s medical history and health. The plan includes progress checks at the Wound Care Centers.

“In addition to treatment, patients receive detailed instructions on home care, bandage changes and how to protect the wound from further injury,” says Tuesday Cook, M.D., medical director of the Washington Adventist Hospital Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. “We also discuss your treatment and progress with your doctor.”

Many wounds are preventable. These safety measures are especially important for seniors and people who have diabetes. Podiatrist Amir Assili, DPM, co-director of the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Wound Care Center, recommends the following tips.

Caretakers of seniors should:

  • Inspect the body for wounds or pressure sores, especially the back and heels.
  • Be careful of too-hot water or sharp objects.
  • Attempt daily range-of-motion exercises or attempt to reposition often to eliminate pressure sores.
  • Ask a doctor for a pressure relief mattress, if necessary.

People who have diabetes should:

  • Wash and inspect feet daily. Never walk barefoot.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
  • Test the temperature of water with a thermometer or an elbow, especially for those who have a loss of sensation in the hands and feet.
  • Be careful with foreign objects around the house.

Call Today for Wound Care

To make an appointment, call the Washington Adventist Hospital Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at 301-891-5908 or the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Wound Care Center at 240-826-6106. Your doctor can also make the referral.