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Saint Joseph Hospital

Wound Care - What to Expect

When you use our wound care services, you will get compassionate experts dedicated to helping you with your difficult wound. Our goals is helping you get better as quickly as possible.

Your first appointment

At your first wound care appointment, we’ll go over your medical history and examine the affected area.

After we’ve diagnosed your condition, we’ll develop a treatment plan specific for you.

See our wound care treatment options.

You’ll need to keep pressure off the wound to let it heal. If your wound is located on the ankle or foot, our therapists may recommend a device to keep pressure off the area. Be conscious of how you sit or lie down, and avoid positions that press the wound against the chair or bed.

Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation, or antibiotics if your wound is infected. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Caring for wounds at home

You may have to clean the wound at home to prevent infection. The therapist will provide instructions on how to clean it, including how much gauze to use when reapplying bandages.

Follow these general guidelines to prevent infection:

  • Wash your hands before and after handling bandages or cleaning the wound
  • Keep it bandaged until directed otherwise
  • Keep the area clean and dry

Eating healthy, nutrient-filled foods can help the body heal. Drink the recommended amount of water each day (13 to 15 cups for men, and nine to 11 cups for women) to prevent dehydration.

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