Wound Healing Center Overview

Welcome to the Regional Health Services Wound Care Department.  We are dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss, and optimizing outcomes for our patients.

If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit the wound center for an evaluation.

A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems, or previous radiation treatment.  Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected.  Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma, or infection.  Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.

Meet Our Wound Healing Team

Non-healing wounds require a specialized approach to care for better outcomes.  Critical to success is a committed multi-disciplinary team.  At Regional Health Services of Howard County, we have the expertise needed to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Haleigh Pagel, ARNP

 

Types of Wounds Treated

As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Non-healing, surgical wounds
  • Arterial/ischemic ulcers
  • Post-radiation injury to tissue or bone
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Compromised flaps or grafts

Please call the RHS Wound Care Department at 877-295-2273 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one.

What is a Comprehensive Wound Healing Center?

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Regional Health Services of Howard County provides care to those suffering from non-healing wounds in a way no other provider can – all in one location.  A Comprehensive Wound Healing Center is a coordinated outpatient center that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.

Our Multidisciplinary Wound Care Specialists

The RHS Wound Care Department is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

Comprised of general physicians, vascular and plastic surgeons, podiatrists, and infectious disease physicians, our team is dedicated to providing the most advanced healing options to patients, allowing them to recover as quickly and completely as possible.

As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds – even those that have not responded to other treatments.

Wound Care Treatment Plans

Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound.  A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing.  Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance.  Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

  • Infection control
  • Restoration of blood flow
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Offloading
  • Skin substitutes
  • Compression therapy
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Skin graft or flap
What Can Our Wound Care Patients Expect?

Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have.  During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history.  You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection.  This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress.  Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.  Some things you can do to assist with your healing:

  • Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
  • Take medications as directed
  • Return for your follow-up appointments
  • Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment

Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 877-295-2273 to learn more about our doctors or treatment plans.  We are happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process.