Scrapes, cuts and bruises can often be a normal part of childhood. But what happens when a wound on a child doesn’t heal quickly, or doesn’t seem to be healing well on its own at all?
Parents need not worry. Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, a part of Iredell Health System, treats pediatric patients for a wide array of concerns, including burns, trauma wounds, skin tears, non-healing wounds, leg ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and pressure ulcers. Proper care of these wounds can help prevent infection and could reduce scarring.
Pepper Hensley, FNP, is experienced in treating pediatric patients, having seen younger patients as a nurse for several years before joining Iredell Health System in 2019. She is joined by five registered nurses in what is now the only wound care facility in Iredell County that sees pediatric patients.
Parents or guardians can self-refer to the center, or a child’s pediatrician or surgeon can refer their patient. Meeting with a medical team specially trained in treating wounds, the patient’s first visit includes a consultation with staff members, a treatment plan, and a goal to heal the wound within 4-6 weeks.
Iredell Wound Care emphasizes early treatment, encouraging parents and pediatricians to contact the Center promptly before wounds worsen and take longer to heal.