If you or a loved one lives in a nursing home or other care facility, long term facility wound care provides a safe and effective way to prevent open wounds, infections, and pressure ulcers. At NOVA Wound Care, PC, with two convenient locations in Fairfax and Eastern Shore Painter, Virginia, wound care specialist Timothy Lapham, MD, and the caring team specialize in long term facility wound care. To request an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.
Long term facility wound care is a branch of medicine focused on preventing pressure ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, and other chronic wound conditions in people who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
Many men and women living in these communities have underlying health problems or mobility issues. As a result, they’re also more susceptible to wounds and related complications like infections. Long term facility wound care takes preemptive measures to prevent these issues from occurring and allows your loved one to live a healthy, pain-free life.
The long term facility wound care specialists at NOVA Wound Care, PC, regularly work with patients to diagnose and treat a variety of common problems, including:
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are a type of wound that develops as a result of prolonged pressure on a particular area of skin. Pressure ulcers can occur anywhere on the body, but they’re especially common on the ankles, hips, tailbone, and hips. These wounds develop quickly and are at risk of infection. Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can prevent more serious complications from taking place.
Neuropathic ulcers occur as a result of permanent nerve damage. If you’re unable to feel sensations of pain or discomfort in your hands or feet, you may step on a sharp object or bump up against something and not realize it. An injury may develop at the site and cause serious health complications in time.
Venous ulcers are wounds that develop due to poor circulation or blood flow. If you cut or scrape yourself, your circulatory system encourages your body’s natural healing process. However, reduced blood flow complicates your recovery and increases your risk of infection.
Only a qualified wound care specialist like those at NOVA Wound Care, PC, can determine if you’re a candidate for long term facility wound care. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, your provider can make recommendations for your situation. If you live in a nursing home, care community, or other long term care facility, and you have underlying health problems like diabetes or poor circulation, you’re likely a good candidate.
To make your appointment at NOVA Wound Care, PC, call the office nearest you or book online today.