Your first visit will be longer than follow up visits due to staff obtaining all history and explanations of the wound care care process and wound center operations.
Please bring the following:
- list of medications you are currently taking
- any recent labwork results, insurance information
- a wound vac, if you have one, including the dressing kit and canister.
Nurses will gather your medical history and take your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate. If your wound is on your lower leg or foot, the nurses will get ABIs. To get ABIs, they will take blood pressures in both upper arms and both ankles to calculate the blood flow from your upper body to your feet. The wound will be cleaned, pictured and measured. A physician or nurse practitioner will assess your wound and develop a plan of care/treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will it hurt?
We strive not to cause any pain to patients during procedures at Iredell Wound Care. We use topical Lidocaine in an attempt the numb the open areas on which procedures are being performed. Patients can stop the procedure at any time if it becomes too painful.
2. How long will it take for my wound to heal?
There are many factors that affect wound healing time. Factors that may affect healing are:
- the size of the wound
- circulation issues
- limited mobility
Other factors that may affect healing could be illnesses and diseases such as diabetes, vascular disease, lymphedema, cancer, ostemyelitis (bone infection) and auto immune diseases.