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Wound Care Services in Gillette, Wyoming

Wound Care Services in Gillette, Wyoming

Did you know that physical and occupational therapists are the health care professionals who provide wound care services in Wyoming? There are a great number of expert wound care specialists at Campbell County Health Rehabilitation Services in Gillette, Wyoming.

Wound care therapists have a deep knowledge of anatomy, tissue healing, movement and positioning expertise. Specialists at CCH provide wound care to patients in the hospital, at home (through Home Health) as well as in the Stocktrail Building.

For those who don’t know, wound care is generally a reference to management of injuries or treatment provided after surgeries or in non-healing wounds.

Non-healing wound risk factors

Some common factors that can contribute to wound development include:

Smoking cessation, exercise, and seeking medical treatment for diabetes can reduce risk of chronic wound development and improve healing for current wounds.

For traumatic wounds, evaluation by appropriate medical providers such as emergency services personnel, physicians or surgeons is the best course of action. For minor or small, non-healing wounds contact your primary care physician.

Who benefits from wound care?

Three common types of wounds that wound specialists treat are skin tears, pressure injuries, and diabetic ulcers.

  • Skin tears occur more often in older adults due to skin becoming more fragile with age. Prevention includes protecting high risk areas with clothing, adequate hydration, and minimizing use of adhesives.
  • Pressure injuries can occur with prolonged contact, moisture, or shearing forces. Prevention includes frequent repositioning, removing pressure, maintaining clean skin, and good nutrition.
  • Diabetic ulcers most often occur on the bottom of feet. Risk factors include diabetes, lack of feeling, poor circulation, irritation or trauma, and foot deformities. Prevention includes limiting the previously noted risk factors, proper management of blood glucose levels, and always checking daily for skin damage or irritation.

How is wound care therapy done?

Wound care specialists are Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists that help by developing care plans to provide the optimal healing environment for the body. This is done through services such as:

  • Cleaning the wound
  • Debridement (removal) of dead tissue
  • Wound dressings to properly manage moisture balance and help with healing
  • Compression to support the vascular structure or lymphatic system
  • Splinting to support the hand or foot in proper position to help with healing
  • Education on wound care and dressing changes for patients and caregivers or family members

These services usually continue until the wound heals or management can be provided effectively and safely at home. All wounds heal at different rates and treatment is directed at the individual’s needs.

If you have questions about wound care, please contact Rehabilitation Services at 307.688.8000. Our compassionate and experienced staff helps each patient, in a team-oriented atmosphere, reach their goals.

Visit www.cchwyo.org/rehab to learn more about physical therapy treatment options.