Wound Care Program
The SMC Wound Care Program is a collaborative effort providing necessary treatment options in the Silver Valley. Our outpatient wound treatment program focuses on chronic and non-healing wounds requiring multiple visits and often lengthy treatment plans. Our goal is to make quality, comprehensive wound care accessible by keeping it close to home.
Using advanced treatment modalities and an interdisciplinary team model, we help patients improve the quality of their lives. In partnership with physicians, nurses, and physical therapists we provide comprehensive, compassionate and effective wound healing services.
- Cleaning/debriding wounds and applying topical medications.
- Wound vacuum therapy to promote tissue granulation on the cellular level and to draw the edges of the wound together.
- Various grafting options.
- Compression wraps for the control of edema/swelling.
- Lymphedema education and treatment.
Wound treatments will meet the normal standard of care and then provide additional advanced wound healing modalities conducted by trained staff.
Why Wound Treatment?
The type of wounds treated by the SMC Wound Care team are more complex and difficult to treat. They may have been present for an extended amount of time, show little or no signs of improvement, or continue to recur despite conventional treatments. Complicating the situation may be medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
There are several reasons wounds do not heal, and at SMC specially trained physicians and nurses look at the total picture: beginning with diagnosis and continuing through treatment and prevention of reoccurrence. We utilize advanced wound treatments for patients with conditions such as:
Diabetic Wounds: An estimated 15% of diabetics will develop a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives. Such wounds may lead to infection and tissue loss and result in amputation, morbidity, and/or death. Aggressive wound care can help patients recover from severe wounds. Our trained staff work closely with patients to greatly improve outcomes.
Venous Stasis Ulcers: These ulcers occur when veins in the legs do not pump blood back to the heart. The blood tends to pool near the ankle as gravity pulls blood and other fluids downward. Swelling occurs, and when it is prolonged, it produces greater pressure in that area reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin. The skin may then break down and an open ulcer may develop.
Other Wounds: The SMC Wound Care team also treats patients with:
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Ulcers involving arteries
- Ulcers related to inflamed blood vessels
- Complex soft tissue wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Infected wounds
Typically, patients are referred for treatment by their primary care provider or other specialist.
Wound care treatments are covered by most insurance companies, although some do require a referral from your provider and prior approval for treatment.
Our staff will assist you with insurance issues and questions.
We will schedule an initial evaluation without a referral.
Appointments can be made by calling (208) 784-4600.