For millions of Americans, wound care treatment requires much more than a clean bandage. Wounds can result from burns, animal bites, pressure, or diabetic ulcers, among many other causes. For the approximately five million people who have compromised blood flow and suffer from chronic open sores, any wound can lead to infection, gangrene and in some cases amputation.
The good news is the technology to treat these wounds has dramatically improved. The Roper St. Francis Wound Management Center offers a multidisciplinary team of wound care doctors and support staff who will develop an individualized treatment plan including a comprehensive evaluation, follow-up visits, education and prevention instruction.
When is Specialized Care Needed for Wounds?
A wound, cut or sore that does not heal in 30 days is considered a chronic wound, and a signal that you may have peripheral vascular disease, diabetes or other underlying medical conditions that could be compromising blood flow and healing. Specialized care is needed to treat these chronic wounds.
Using evidence-based guidelines, the wound specialists and vascular experts at the Roper St. Francis Wound Management Center will evaluate and treat your wound with a variety of proven therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy if indicated. The team uses topical dressings that promote moist wound healing, numerous specialty products, compression therapy, superficial skin grafting, and negative pressure wound therapy which applies controlled, localized negative pressure to help draw wounds closed.
What to Expect While at the Wound Management Center
- Thorough wound assessment and determination of underlying causes.
- Wound cleansing and debridement. Topical ointments will be used to decrease pain to a tolerable level.
- Education regarding wound prevention, wound care and how to enhance healing.
- Consultation with other medical sources to control or correct underlying disease processes as needed. This may include visits with our dietitian and / or diabetes educator.
- Full array of laboratory and support services to assist with diagnosis and treatment.
- Being hospital-based allows us to coordinate testing and wound care to minimize your trips.
- Visits to the clinic up to three times per week, but normally just a weekly visit once healing starts to progress.
- Assistance with your insurance carrier to maximize coverage of expenses. We also work with several wound supply companies and you may be eligible to have needed supplies delivered directly to your home without any direct billing to you.
The Team Approach
Generally, doctors refer patients to our clinic for specialized wound treatment. Along with your doctor, our team will develop a plan of care to heal your wound. Your referring and primary care doctors will be informed of the plan and updated on your progress. Your wound providers have been certified by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) or have been accredited as a Certified Wound Specialist. If you do not have a doctor overseeing the care of your wound, we would be glad to help you find one.
Our Wound Care Team
Lance Davis, MD, Hyperbaric Medicine
Carol Brittsan, PA
Matt Gamble, RN, CWCN
Ann Perritt, LPN
Bob Hosler, RD
Carla Pratt, RN, CDE
To Make an Appointment
Roper Hospital, 316 Calhoun Street, 3rd Floor, Charleston, SC, 29401