Complex Wound Service
Our advanced wound management and leg ulcer clinic offers a consultancy service particularly focused on complex or non-healing wounds. Our services include, a comprehensive wound assessment and treatment service, Doppler ultrasound and wound debridement. We also offer strategies to prevent wound recurrence, including compression garment advice and a measuring service.
We understand why some wounds are slow to heal and the impact that long-term wounds have on your life. We are skilled at providing a comprehensive health assessment to determine all underlying factors that are affecting your wound healing. You will receive education, support and the highest commitment to quality care. We will then develop a plan of care tailored to your specific needs. We will keep you and your medical team informed and offer you a choice every step of the way.
A Doppler Ultrasound is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves to measure the amount of blood flow through your arteries and veins, usually those that supply blood to your arms and legs.
We utilise this information to help diagnose a variety of conditions, including blood clots and poor circulation. This information then plays a crucial role in our wound care specialist’s holistic assessment of patients’ wounds.
The inclusion of Doppler ultrasound in assessment protocols has greatly improved the ability of nurses to diagnose underlying aetiology (Hislop 1997). When combined with a full holistic assessment, taking into consideration not only the wound and surrounding skin but also the patient and any predisposing history, Doppler ultrasound will provide sufficient information to enable the correct treatment pathway to be instigated and prompt referrals to be made for further vascular investigations.
Compression garment advice and measuring service
Compression increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin which reduces swelling by moving the excess fluid that builds up in the legs back into the blood vessels. The pressure on the legs also reduces the ability of the veins to expand. This keeps the blood flowing evenly, stopping it from flowing backward and causing congestion.
Improving venous flow speeds up wound healing and assists in preventing infection.
Since compression limits swelling, it can also minimize oedema around the wound. When swelling is reduced, the lack of extra fluid in the leg will maximize the skin’s ability to receive the oxygen needed to heal the wound. And when compression therapy is administered properly, wounds can heal months faster than they would have without it.
In summary, compression therapy can help to prevent blood clots, speed up wound recovery, reduce pain and swelling and allow individuals to continue daily activities without interruption. The decrease in pain also allows patients to sleep better, and depression symptoms can also improve, which brings about improvements in quality of life.
Compression therapy can include compression bandages, socks or hosiery, wraps or pumps and range in levels of pressure to suit your needs.
Contact our office to enquire about complex wound service – 8707 0830.