Infections, fevers, swelling or discoloration—all are symptoms of
a common ailment: non-healing or slow-healing chronic wounds.
The Advanced Wound Care Center at Saint Francis Healthcare defines a non-healing
or abnormal wound as a wound that has not healed, or even started to heal,
within the standard four- to eight-week healing timeframe.
How can you tell if you have a non-healing or slow-healing chronic wound?
If your wound is not healing, and you are experiencing any of the below
symptoms, Saint Francis urges you to call a doctor:
- Increasing pain
- Swelling or discoloration
- Fever or chills
- Oozing or bleeding
- Foul smells
Wounds can occur for many different reasons. For example, if you have diabetes
and experience poor circulation in your legs, wounds on the foot or ankle
areas may be harder for the body to heal. Sometimes patients with burns,
frostbite or radiation experience non-healing wounds due to the already
damaged soft tissue of their skin.
Why is it important to alert your doctor about chronic wounds?
Regardless of the cause, if you are experiencing an abnormal wound, you
need to seek treatment right away. If you don’t get the treatment
you need for an infected wound, you may be at risk of losing the appendage.
You also may suffer from other health complications, including organ failure,
sepsis or bone infection.
What can you expect when being treated for a non-healing or slow-healing
You will receive a treatment plan customized to meet your needs, based
on your medical history. In certain cases, your healthcare provider may
recommend an advanced treatment known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment.
During this treatment, you are placed in a secure therapy chamber where
the atmosphere is 100% pure oxygen. Your blood absorbs the oxygen, stimulating
your body’s natural healing processes.
Saint Francis Healthcare offers an Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Oxygen Center onsite in the hospital (701 N. Clayton Street, Suite 225).
To schedule an appointment, call 302.575.8181.