Your First Visit
Our staff will evaluate your wound and general health. They will also review your medical history. A blood test may be involved. You may also need special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound area.
When your test results are in, we'll put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine to provide treatment, evaluate progress, and make any changes that might be needed. You (or your caregiver) will be given detailed instructions in home care, dressing (bandage) changes, and protecting the wound from further injury.
You're A Vital Part of the Program
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We'll count on you to keep your appointments, follow directions carefully, and watch your progress closely between visits. You'll learn about caring for your wound at home, including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We're always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal. Any time you or your family members have questions our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions.
How the Wound Care Center Works with your Doctor
Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine works with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. You'll continue to see your doctor for routine medical care.
What to bring to your first appointment
Your initial evaluation will take about two hours. We will ask about your medical history, perform a physical examination, evaluate and take pictures of your wound, do blood work and perform any other non-invasive tests to help us develop your treatment plan. When you arrive for your first appointment, please bring:
- All medications you are currently taking including over-the-counter medicines
- A list of your allergies
- Your insurance Information
- Any recent medical records you may have