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Home Health Wound Care Specialist

NOVA Wound Care, PC

Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in Fairfax, VA & Eastern Shore, Painter, VA

If you suffer a minor cut or laceration or develop another small wound, home health wound care can provide you with the information and insights you need to promote healing while lowering your risk of infection and other complications. At NOVA Wound Care, PC, with two convenient locations in Fairfax and Eastern Shore Painter, Virginia, wound care specialist Timothy Lapham, MD, and the team regularly educate people of all ages on home health wound care. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Home Health Wound Care Q&A

What is home health wound care?

Home health wound care is a branch of medicine that works to educate patients and their families on safe and effective at-home wound care techniques. This type of treatment is particularly beneficial for people who:

  • Have recently undergone surgery
  • Experience wounds as a result of poor circulation
  • Suffer mild or moderate cuts or scrapes
  • Have well-managed diabetes

You might also benefit from home health wound care if you’re limited in your mobility and develop pressure sores.

Why would I need home health wound care?

Everyone experiences cuts and lacerations from time to time. However, underlying health problems like poor circulation, diabetes, or an overgrowth of bacteria can cause a wound to heal slower than they usually would. Slow-healing wounds increase your risk of infection, gangrene, and in severe cases, amputation.

Wound care specialists like those at NOVA Wound Care, PC, can help you address these issues, but home health wound care allows you to make progress in your recovery from the comfort of your own home. This means less exposure to the outside world and less hassle. 

What does home health wound care involve?

No two home health wound care treatment plans are exactly alike. Your provider tailors treatment to your individual needs and goals. However, there are several basic steps you’ll need to follow, including:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Keeping your wound clean 
  • Regularly changing your wound dressing
  • Being careful to protect the wound from trauma or injury
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet

If your wound (or wounds) are on a lower extremity like your feet or ankles, you’ll also need to protect it when bathing. Whenever possible, it’s important to try and keep your wound dry. Your NOVA Wound Care, PC provider can provide you with waterproof covers or wound dressings. 

Are there any wound-related complications I should watch out for?

Usually, the providers at NOVA Wound Care, PC, only recommend home health wound care for minor or moderate cuts and lacerations. These present a lower risk of infection and complications. However, there’s still a risk of contamination. Call your provider right away if you experience:

  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • A foul odor at the wound site

You should also contact your provider if you notice any drainage from the wound itself or changes in the color of the tissue surrounding your wound.

To learn more about the benefits of home health wound care, make an appointment at NOVA Wound Care, PC, by calling the office nearest you, or by booking online today.