Wound care has become one of the fastest growing needs for home care services. Each year, thousands of patients in the New York area alone are discharged from the hospital with slow-healing surgical wounds. Others suffering from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, often have wounds or open sores that don’t heal easily.
Once a client has left the hospital, getting proper wound care at home is critical in order to prevent infections and other serious complications.
At Alliance Homecare, we aim to provide the highest level of wound care for our clients. A Registered Nurse, or for those with difficult wounds, a wound-care clinical nurse specialist, will work closely with each patient’s Care Management Team to establish a plan of care and evaluate progress every step of the way.
While specific treatments vary by patient, our nurses provide the following wound-care services:
- Basic Wound Care: cleaning wounds and changing wound dressings and administering antibiotic therapy (if prescribed).
- Self-Care Training: education for patients and caregivers on how to change wound dressings, monitor healing, manage pain and recognize potential complications.
- Cutting-Edge Treatment: state-of-the-art therapies, such as the Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC), which employs suction technology to stimulate tissue growth and heal wounds faster. Our nurses also may take digital photos of wounds and email them to our wound specialists, or a client’s doctor, for consultation.
Alliance Homecare’s Registered Nurses are trained and experienced in wound management, the healing process, and the selection and use of effective wound products and devices. Our Registered Nurses are at the forefront of treatment and prevention of acute and chronic wounds for patients in the home environment. Nurses have access to the latest standards of practice and products for wound care, which will benefit a client by:
- Improving patient comfort, healing time and patient outcomes
- Decreasing time spent on dressing changes
- Recognizing wound problems quickly and taking action
- Preventing complications
- Developing personalized care plans in collaboration with doctors, the clinical team and family members
Examples of wound care treatments offered to clients include:
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Diabetic ulcers
- Tubes and drains
- Wounds such as those caused by radiation, neoplasm and other