Why You Should See a Specialist for Your Acute or Chronic Wounds

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According to a 2017 study from the National Institutes of Health, over 7 million Americans suffered from chronic wounds at the time of the research. Now, a decade later, that number continues to rise.

When you have a wound that won’t heal, it can have a lasting impact on your everyday life. If you’ve considered wound care treatment for you or a loved one for improved quality of life, consider seeking specialist care for a more efficient and effective recovery. 

Here are some reasons why making specialized care a part of your wound care experience may be right for you:

A Multidisciplinary Team Means a Well-Rounded Approach

When seeking a care program that specializes in wound care, you’ll have access to a trained team of nurses, physicians and physical therapists. Their expertise and diverse clinical knowledge can be combined to create a holistic plan for comfort and healing.

Don’t Just Treat the Symptom, Find the Cause

Working with a specialized wound care team means you have more resources at your disposal to determine the causes that contribute to your slow-healing wounds. Many factors can play into a delayed healing process, including:

Infection — Leads to larger wounds and a slower healing process

Diabetes — Increases the likelihood that chronic wounds will develop

Obesity — Increases risk for infection after surgery and can put tension on stitches, causing them to break open and further delay healing

Age — Generally plays a factor in the speed of the healing process because wounds heal more slowly as you get older

Alcohol — Excessive drinking can increase a person’s risk for post-surgical complications and contribute to a slower healing process

Smoking — Like drinking, tobacco use can delay the healing process after surgery, while also increasing risk for infections and opening wounds

Stress — Can often lead to poor sleep and eating habits, as well as excessive drinking or smoking 

Medications — Some medications, including painkillers known as Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs, can slow the healing process

Advanced Technologies Lead to Advanced Care

From specialized dressings to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound care centers have the equipment and techniques at their disposal to offer a wide variety of treatment that is usually unavailable at a medical office that does not specialize in wound care. These can have a huge impact on the speed of recovery and the final results of wound treatment. Some other techniques typically specific to wound care centers are: 

Wound debridement — A process of removing tissue from the wound bed to promote healing

Bioengineered tissue substitutes — Replacements for damaged tissue that can seamlessly integrate into the skin

Platelet growth technologies — Stimulation of the body’s natural platelet production, leading to the skin healing faster

Wound Care Specialists Can Save Limbs and Lives

While a wound that doesn’t heal can first appear like more of an annoyance than a serious medical concern, if left untreated and unmanaged, it can lead to serious medical complications. Conversely, according to a 2012 study using data from the US Wound Registry, nearly two-thirds of patients seen at hospital-based outpatient wound centers heal their wounds, avoiding these complications and instead experiencing an improved quality of life going forward.

Concerned about a wound that just won’t heal? Ask your doctor if you should consider seeing a wound care specialist today. For more information, call 301-609-7701 or visit our website.

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UM Charles Regional Medical Center to Offer Health Screenings and Much More at Charles County Fair

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The 93rd Annual Charles County Fair is a Southern Maryland tradition that’s been around since 1924, and it’s returning to the fairgrounds south of La Plata on September 15-18. In addition to all the farm animal exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food and, yes, even lawnmower racing, the fair will provide great opportunities to learn more about how you can live a healthier life on Kids Day, Friday, September 16. Here’s what you can expect from UM Charles Regional at the fair on that day:

Blood Pressure ScreeningsNearly one in three adults has hypertension or high blood pressure. If left untreated, these chronic conditions can damage internal organs. Get a free blood pressure screening from our team at the fair to see if you’re at risk and learn about risk factors as well as ways you can manage your blood pressure.

Car Seat Safety Education — If it’s not used properly, a car seat may not be able to protect your child in the event of an accident. We’ll tell you how to find the right car seat for your child and give you tips on how to install it properly to ensure that they’re as safe as possible.

Stroke Education — UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke patients, and we’ll transform you into a “Stroke Hero” by showing you how to spot the warning signs of stroke and how to react in the event that you see someone suffering from stroke. We’ll also help you understand your individual risk for stroke by sharing information about potential contributing factors for this health problem.

Diabetes Education — Whether you have diabetes or you’re at risk of developing it, we’re here to help you better understand this disease. Learn about our new diabetes center. Now taking new patients!

Healthy Treats on Kids Day — School-age kids get in free on Friday, September 16, and we’ll have some tasty, nutritious treats to share with them to celebrate the start of a fun weekend ahead and to promote healthy eating habits.

Information on Services Offered by UM Charles Regional — We offer a wide variety of services to patients across our community, and you’ll be able to learn more about our new Center for Wound Healing, comprehensive rehabilitation programs and our recently opened urgent care practice.

Baby Show — Think you have the most adorable baby? Enter your child in the Baby Fair on Saturday, September 17. This annual event is sponsored by our Birthing Center. Entrants will be divided into six different groups by age, and judging will be based on health, personality and appearance.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Charles County Fair, and we hope you’ll stop by our booths to learn more about how we’re working to make Charles County a healthier place to live. For more information about the Charles County Fair, visit the official website today.

 

 

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New Website Enhances Access to UM Charles Regional Medical Group

Finding a physician in Southern Maryland just got even easier.

The UM Charles Regional Medical Group website went live this month. The website allows visitors to search the practices to get details about services and treatments, view the physicians’ profiles, find contact information, get directions to the facilities and more.

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group is a growing network of physicians who are affiliated with University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (formerly Civista Medical Center). The group includes OB/GYNs, an ENT physician, general surgeons and a vascular surgeon. The group has offices throughout Charles County and the physicians and staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to the residents of southern Maryland.

The five practices that make up UM Charles Regional Medical Group are:

UM Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing
UM Charles Regional ENT
UM Charles Regional OB-GYN
UM Charles Regional Surgical Care
UM Charles Regional Vascular Center

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call 301-609-5000.

 

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Civista Center for Wound Healing is Now Accepting Patients

Civista Health is proud to announce that the new Civista Center for Wound Healing is now accepting patients.

Every wound has a unique set of circumstances and as a state-of-the-art wound healing center, the Civista Center for Wound Healing is equipped and staffed to address them all. And, most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance plans. We are experts at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment.

For more information, call 301.609.7701.

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Civista Center for Wound Healing Open House

You’re invited to join Civista Health for the Civista Center for Wound Healing open house on Monday, August 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Every wound has a unique set of circumstances and as a state-of-the-art wound healing center, the Civista Center for Wound Healing is equipped and staffed to address them all. And, most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance plans. We are experts at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment.

For more information, call 301.609.7701

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Civista Center for Wound Healing is Now Accepting Patients

Civista Health is proud to announce that the new Civista Center for Wound Healing is now accepting patients.

Every wound has a unique set of circumstances and as a state-of-the-art wound healing center, the Civista Center for Wound Healing is equipped and staffed to address them all. And, most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance plans. We are experts at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment.

For more information, call 301.609.7701.

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