5 Reasons to Seek Specialized Wound Care - Orleans Community Health

5 Reasons to Seek Specialized Wound Care

Wound Care at Orleans Community Health - Medina Memorial Hospital can greatly help you when dealing with injuries.

At some point, most of us will accidentally injure ourselves and have a cut or scrape as a result. The best course of action in most cases is to clean the wound with warm water and antibacterial soap, then cover it with a bandage to prevent it from getting dirty.

With some injuries, however, the wound may be more serious and require additional care. Non-healing wounds can limit your quality of life. If left untreated, they can lead to serious complications including infection, hospitalization and amputation.

Joseph Canzoneri, DPM, is the Medical Director at Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center. As a certified Wound Care Provider, he shares some things to look for when you may be deciding to seek additional help with a wound.

It is important to call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following:

1. A wound that isn’t healing as expected (any wound that hasn’t healed after four weeks of treatment)

2. Signs of infection
• Fever
• Chills
• Nausea/vomiting
• Bad odor or color change in the wound
• Redness, inflammation or soreness
• Shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat

3. Bleeding that will not stop

The sight of blood from a wound can be startling, but if you apply firm and continuous pressure to a wound, it should stem the flow of blood to a point where clots begin to form and put a stop to the bleeding.

However, if a wound continues to bleed after 5-10 minutes of consistent pressure, call a provider to see what you should do next.

4. You develop a new wound and have a history of non-healing wounds.

5. If you are diabetic, have vascular disease or other health conditions, you are at a greater risk for non-healing wounds and should also see a wound care specialist as soon as a wound develops.

There is hope for non-healing wounds with wound care advanced treatments that can help wounds heal faster.

Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center provides advanced care for complex wounds so that you can regain your health and get back to doing the things you love. Call us at 585-798-8176 for more information or to schedule your wound care appointment.

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