NorthBay Wound Care is the advanced wound healing center in Solano County dedicated to ensuring that local residents receive top-notch care.
Why is wound care necessary?
In the United States, more than 6 million people are afflicted with non-healing wounds. In such cases, wounds have failed to heal on their own because the body's immune system became compromised due to factors such as infection, trauma, malnutrition, and diabetes.
Is there a typical plan for wound treatment?
Because every wound is unique, NorthBay physicians complete a thorough evaluation of each patient to identify the underlying causes hindering recovery, and then determine an optimal treatment plan.
What kind of wound care does NorthBay provide?
As the crisis of antibiotic resistance continues to grow, we find that many wounds do not heal because they are contaminated with bacteria. The Center for Wound Care staff tests the wound area for the presence of resistant "super-bugs" and treats them accordingly utilizing the latest in antibacterial dressings or medications.
The science of wound care dressings is a very progressive field and the experts at the Center for Wound Care use a variety of silver dressings, collagen, growth hormones, and live cell skin substitutes.
Ionic silver has been shown effective in clinical trials against almost every "Super bug" common to non-healing wounds. Many of the dressings used in advanced wound care include ionic silver. Many dressings can be left in place for several days at a time which makes therapy convenient and more comfortable for patients than traditional daily dressing changes.
Acting as a living cell patch to cover an open wound and speed wound healing, skin substitutes are composed of living cells, proteins and skin healing substances. Uni-layered or bi-layered, the skin substitute is applied in our offices just like a skin graft, though without the surgery. The skin “patch” is covered with a special dressing and left in place for several days so that the growth hormones and nutrients can be absorbed into the wound area and regenerate your own skin in its place.
The first step to successful treatment is identifying the underlying cause of a non-healing wound. Many chronic wounds are caused by impaired circulatory status or mechanical pressure from bone deformities, shoes, or other external factors. When the cause of a chronic wound is swelling, or edema, compression therapy may reduce swelling and help the wound gain healthy oxygen and nutrition from your circulation. It is very important to determine the status of the arteries and veins before compressing a wound area so as not to interfere with normal circulation. When the cause of a chronic wound is pressure, the answer may be mechanical off-loading. The staff at the Wound Center may make inserts or casts to temporarily remove the source of pressure until a wound can heal.
The staff at the NorthBay Center for Wound Care have all received advanced training and certification in negative pressure wound therapy. This therapy utilizes vacuum pressure to assist wounds in more rapid healing and also removes unwanted drainage from the wound area. This excess wound drainage is often the culprit responsible for promoting infection. Many wounds can be managed with negative pressure and decrease the time required in dressing changes by limiting changes to 3 times per week rather than 2-3 times per day. Negative pressure devices are typically small with extended battery power, and are designed for the convenience of the patient. Many of our patients wear the device to work daily and fit their dressing changes around their work schedules.
The Center for Wound Care physicians and nursing staff have special training in caring for peristomal (the area surrounding the stoma) skin problems.
Wounds do not heal after the body has accepted the wound as chronic. Debridement; chemical, sharp, and/or enzymatic, converts the chronic wound to an acute wound. Once the body senses a new wound it will mobilize wound healing factors and hormones to start the healing process. Often wound debridement is the only requirement to restart a wound to heal. The physicians at the NorthBay Center for Wound Care are specially trained in all modalities of debridement, and strive to make your wound healing as painless as possible.