Wound Care Service
Understanding Chronic Wounds
The skin is a fantastic organ. It helps regulate body temperature and defends our internal organs against the damaging effects of wind, sun, pollutants and germs. It also has a remarkable ability to heal itself. When dealt with properly, most cuts and scrapes mend quickly.
Nearly five million Americans, however, suffer from chronic wounds --- wounds that have not shown significant improvement in four weeks or completed healing in eight weeks. The most common types of chronic wounds include:
- diabetic ulcers;
- pressure ulcers resulting from being bedridden because of a serious injury or illness;
- venous ulcers caused by poor circulation; and
- wounds caused by an injury or non-healing surgical incision.
Baptist Health Paducah's Wound Care Service
Chronic, non-healing wounds can lead to serious infection, gangrene and even amputation if not cared for properly. Baptist Health Paducah's Wound Care Service can help. Under the guidance of your physician, our staff of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants work to restore the integrity of damaged tissue. Your wound will be evaluated, cleansed and dressed to provide an optimal climate for healing.
The Wound Care Service is in Baptist Health Paducah's Physical Therapy department. Services are provided from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone (270) 575-2721.