Anne has an open, painful wound on her leg that isn’t healing. She wants to find specialized treatment. She knows that the faster a wound is recognized and treated, the quicker it can heal. And naturally, she has plenty of options. But in her mind, that’s the problem. She could go straight to a hospital outpatient setting or choose a private wound care practice. Both options have their advantages. But which will provide the best patient experience and care for treating wounds?
Chronic wounds affect 6.7 million patients annually. Traditional methods for treating wounds include everything from a simple medication change to biological skin substitutes, debridements, minimally invasive and microsurgery, specialized dressings and therapies, and more. But there is something to be said for improved care coordination among specialists. A coordinated medical team can go beyond the wound itself to treat the underlying condition and get patients back on their feet faster. This is where the advantages of visiting with an expert at a private wound care practice instead of hospital outpatient may be the deciding factor.
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Treating Wounds Properly Is a Big Deal
When we say “wound care,” we are talking about a specialized type of treatment for wounds that goes beyond a standard Band-Aid for minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. And these wounds can be very difficult to manage. Simply put, not every wound heals within a matter of a few days. Many last for weeks and months without showing signs of improvement. These typically result from underlying conditions ranging from poor blood flow, low oxygen, trauma, or circulation issues in the legs and feet to complications from diabetes, prolonged pressure from immobility, and more.
Examples of chronic wounds include:
- Venous, arterial, diabetic, and pressure ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Radiation wounds
- Skin tears
- Burn wounds
- Traumatic or crushing injury wounds
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Complex abdominal wounds
- Gangrene or tissue death
A quality treatment plan implemented early enough can improve wound healing outcomes. This is where choosing a specialist at a private wound care practice can really help.
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Advantages of Specialty Care at a Private Wound Care Practice
1. Improved Care Coordination
While hospital outpatient settings have their benefits, a drawback is what is known as the fragmented patient experience. A simple example is that a diabetic foot patient with an ulcer is referred to multiple professionals outside of the hospital they went to for treating wounds. This can range from podiatry to radiology, vascular labs, orthopedics, prosthetics, and more.
In a private wound care practice like StrideWoundCare, the same patient has access to a limb salvage team for treating wounds within one practice—a network of providers that can provide unrivaled continuity of care. We are part of the largest multi-specialty network in Texas. This includes:
- Comprehensive lower extremity care
- Vascular Arterial
- Vascular Venous/Vein
- Wound Care, both clinic visits and in-home options
- Ancillary Services
2. Less Costly Medical Care
Treating wounds at a private wound care practice is less costly than hospital visits, giving patients the opportunity to spend less for better outcomes. This includes clinic visits and in-home options.
We develop a care program for treating wounds that services not only patients within facilities but also continues to treat them when they have returned home. Doing so creates stronger cost control and reduced risk for payers. It also alleviates the need for transportation logistics/costs, travel time and excess processes between specialties. Furthermore, doing so reduces complications, promotes healing, decreases infection, and keeps patients treating wounds safely at home.
3. Patient-Focused Care
At a private wound care practice such as StrideWoundCare, our patients experience reduced wait times versus having to be admitted to a hospital. There are also fewer redundancies in care and improved efficiency. For example, with vascular services in each clinic, wound care patients can schedule their vascular diagnostics on the same day at the same location.
4. In-Home Care Options
StrideWoundCare is an innovative mobile and in-clinic private wound care practice passionate about providing flexible healing care. Expert providers bring treating wounds to patients in the comfort of their residence, relieving stress for the caregiver, and maintaining dignity, respect, and ease for the patient.
Our specialists also offer the same high-quality care to patients at each clinic across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are experts in working with patients with complex wounds—right in their homes—and pride ourselves on offering advanced solutions. This includes:
- Debriding, cleaning, and bandaging wounds
- Tailoring wound dressings to the unique needs of each patient
- Infection control
- Educating patients and caretakers on wound care, infection, and injury prevention
- Prescribing antibiotics
- Working with the care team to determine if other treatments are required
- Writing orders to promote wound healing and avoid skin breakdown
If you have a wound that you’re worried isn’t healing quickly enough, it is never too early to visit a private wound care practice. It could be that the wound is healing just fine and that nothing needs to be done. But if it’s been a few weeks, treating wounds now can avoid further complications.
In general, you will want to see a specialist if your wound isn’t showing signs of healing after two weeks or hasn’t healed completely after six weeks. Additional signs that you could be heading down a difficult path include redness and swelling in the affected area, increased pain, and an inability to move the affected area, and even pus or an odorous discharge.
A thorough evaluation can be performed on the wound itself. In addition, we will assess to better understand your medical history and how that may or may not be contributing to your acute or chronic wound.
A Private Wound Care Practice Is Best for Treating Wounds
Knowing the best course of action for your chronic wound condition can be scary for someone who is not used to these conditions or has been living with discomfort for an extended period. Our wound healing experts offer advanced solutions to treat open wounds, guard against infection, and get you back to enjoying life. In addition, we can recommend other support services—nutritional support, quitting smoking, or managing blood vessel conditions—to give you the best possible outcome.
At StrideWoundCare, we create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs while keeping you involved in the process. For a consultation with one of our experts, please contact us at 214-285-9200 or complete the appointment form.Appointment
StrideWoundCare serves the D/FW area including Arlington, Fort Worth, Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Flower Mound, Sherman, Dennison, HEB, Hutchins, Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Mesquite, Lewisville, Craig Ranch, and all North Texas.
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.