As patients transition from a hospital or care facility to their home following surgery or injury, they may need assistance caring for a wound. This is especially true for aging or disabled individuals. This is why wound care is one of the most demanded home nursing services today.
Wound Care Services
Open wound care nurses are specifically trained in the treatment and healing of wounds, providing assistance and therapy patients need as they transition from the hospital to their home. These nurses and therapists maintain continuous education to keep themselves up to date with the latest advancements in wound treatment.
These highly trained open wound care specialists ensure patients experience no gap in service as they transition from a medical facility to their own home. They accomplish this through a combination of modern techniques, personalized attention and coordination with both fellow medical professionals and the patient’s primary caregivers. A few of the essential services wound care nurses provide include the following:
- Providing home-based IV therapy for infections
- Assistance with managing medications and treatment plans
- Following exercise programs for strength and endurance
- Assisting the patient in taking on activities of daily living, including adjusting habits as necessary to accommodate the wound
- Personal care and hygiene assistance, including wound dressing changes
- Coordination with medical professionals and community resources to get necessary medical equipment, transportation, and other services
- Provision of resources and recommendations for wound support services, devices and materials to promote healing and prevent complications
- Education of both the patient and their primary caregiver regarding monitoring and managing the wound, including complication identification and prevention
- Recommendation on the patient’s diet and what types of foods and supplements may promote wound healing
- Counseling on long-term complications and prevention measures for the patient and caregiver
- Continuing communication and collaboration with the patient, their caregiver and their physician regarding the patient’s progress
Benefits of Wound Care Services
Between their advanced medical education and their personalized attention to the needs of their patients, wound care nurses and therapists are able to provide excellent treatment for patients. In particular, patients benefit from the following:
- Improved comfort and reduced stress
- Decreased time spent on dressing changes and improved dressing quality
- Reduced healing and recovery time
- Reduced complications
With quality wound care services, you don’t need to worry about how you or your loved one’s open wound will affect their home life. A wound care specialist from Guardian Community Health Systems can help them with the daily tasks and treatments they need to heal properly. Contact Guardian to learn more about our wound care treatment today.