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Skilled Nursing Facility Wound Care Specialist

NOVA Wound Care, PC

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

Wounds remain a serious problem in skilled nursing facilities, with 7.5% of patients getting bedsores. These wounds can cause pain and increase your risk of infection and even death. NOVA Wound Care, PC, is a practice devoted to wound care. Wound care specialist Timothy Lapham, MD, and the highly skilled team provide expert skilled nursing facility wound care for you or a loved one. Call one of the convenient locations in Fairfax and Eastern Shore Painter, Virginia, or book a consultation online.

Skilled Nursing Facility Wound Care Q&A

How does aging affect wounds?

Your skin grows thinner with age. Protective layers of fat shrink and collagen and elastin fibers — the support structure of healthy skin — shrivel. Over time, skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic. The changes make your skin heal more slowly.

Age-related changes make elderly patients more prone to get pressure ulcers and other types of wounds during a stay at a skilled nursing facility. You may have heard these wounds called bedsores. 

If your loved one has developed wounds while staying at a skilled nursing facility, you can rely on the wound care specialists at NOVA Wound Care, PC, for expert care.

How do wounds form at skilled nursing facilities?

Beyond age, other risk factors can make you or a loved one more susceptible to wounds. These factors include:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Lack of mobility
  • Lack of sensation
  • Steroid use

Even something as seemingly harmless as the friction caused by bedsheets also plays a role in the development of wounds at a skilled nursing facility. Fortunately, making simple changes, such as lifting the patient’s foot or head, can help prevent friction-related wounds from forming in the first place. 

When wounds are already present, NOVA Wound Care, PC, recommends specific wound-care steps to kickstart the healing process.

What is involved in skilled nursing facility wound care?

Wound care begins with a comprehensive examination by the team at NOVA Wound Care, PC. They look at your overall health or that of your loved one, then assess the stage of the wound by considering specific criteria, such as the:

  • Location
  • Size
  • Odor

Your provider asks how painful the wound is and looks for signs of infection. They may need to take tissue samples to complete their evaluation before recommending an integrative treatment plan tailored to skilled nursing facility wound care.

What should I expect from skilled nursing facility wound care?

The wound-care plan may include steps to improve overall health, such as better management of blood sugar levels, heart health, or oxygen levels, along with customized nutrition plans to prevent malnutrition. 

The team at NOVA Wound Care, PC, recommends medically proven wound care steps, such as:

  • Cleaning
  • Pain relievers
  • Topical or antibiotics
  • Appropriate dressings

They may need to remove the dead skin around the wound gently. This process, called debridement, helps the wound to heal better.

For high-quality, integrative wound care treatment, rely on the expert team at NOVA Wound Care, PC. Call today or book a consultation online to learn more about skilled nursing facility wound care.