When you have a wound that’s taking more than 3 to 4 weeks to heal, it can leave you disconcerted and full of questions. Why isn’t it healing? How can I tell if it’s infected? Is treatment going to hurt? How many visits will it take?
The Ochsner Wound Care team is here to assess your wound and offer solutions. We treat the whole patient – not just the wound – and use the most advanced techniques and tools to speed up the healing process. We’re here to not only heal our patients, but to educate you and your caregivers.
Why Ochsner for Wound Care
Before wound care was even a specialty, Ochsner was pioneering the way. For more than twenty years, we’ve offered innovative, coordinated wound care to our patients in the Gulf South.
Today our team is comprised of specially trained physicians, a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist, who are both board certified in wound care. Your team may also include members from the Departments of Vascular Medicine and Surgery, Infectious Disease, Podiatry, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Hyperbaric Medicine, Physical Therapy and Nutrition.
Together, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to wound assessment and develop individualized treatment plans for our patients.
Unlike many wound centers that schedule their patients in blocks, Ochsner is known for flexible scheduling. If you have to miss an appointment, you won’t have to wait a week to get in. Our goal is to get you in so that you can receive proper care as soon as possible. To make an appointment, call 504-842-4070.
Conditions We Treat
The kinds of wound we treat include:
- Arterial ulcers
- C-section incisions in Obstetric patient
- Chemical and thermal burns (first- and second-degree burns)
- Chronic osteomyelitis with open wounds
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Dog bites and cat scratches
- Malignant wounds
- Non-healing surgical wounds and wound dehiscence
- Pressure ulcers (commonly referred to as bed sores)
- Radiation related tissue damage
- Skin and soft tissues injuries (cuts and tears to skin), including injuries from fishing
- Trauma wounds
- Venous leg ulcers
- Wounds from fungal skin infections
- Wounds that occurred on the job
Specialized Wound Care Services
The science and technology of wound care management continues to grow and change. We utilize the latest technology in the assessment and treatment of chronic wounds.
Advanced Wound Dressings - Including bioengineered skin substitutes.
Burn Care - Of first- and second-degree burns requiring outpatient services.
Compression Therapy - Including specialty wraps, lymphatic massage or compression pumps.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – HBOT, available at Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner, is the medical use of oxygen at pressures higher than atmospheric pressure. One of the main therapeutic principles of hyperbaric oxygen lies in its ability to drastically increase the partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body. A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the plasma. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used to treat actinomycosis, acute arterial embolism or thrombus, acute carbon monoxide poisoning, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, crush injuries, decompression illness, diabetic ulcers, failed skin grafts, gas embolisms and progressive necrotizing fasciitis.
Pulsed Lavage - Pulsed lavage removes surface contaminants within a safe range to stimulate the formation of new granulation tissue without harming existing granulation. Pulsed lavage is a comfortable, typically painless, procedure available through one of our licensed physical therapists.
Total Contact Casting - Considered by many in the wound care arena to be the gold standard for off-loading wounds, this highly specialized technique should only be performed by technicians or therapists who are extremely proficient and perform the procedure on a frequent basis.
Debridement - Ultrasonic removal of injured tissue.
Vacuum Assisted Closure - Also known as Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), this is a highly specialized advanced wound care modality that has been shown to dramatically speed the healing of deeper wounds. NPWT therapy is performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Vascular Surgery - Ochsner Wound Care Services has a team of vascular and endovascular surgery specialists dedicated to maximizing limb salvage. Both minimally invasive endovascular and traditional “open” surgical techniques are employed to maximize healing of wounds.
Ochsner is dedicated to providing excellent service to referring physicians. We offer:
A Multidisciplinary Team - Full array of experienced wound care specialists and treatment offerings to complement your practice with any aspect of care needed.
A Nurse Navigator Program – A dedicated wound care nurse navigator coordinates all aspects of navigating Wound Care services from service questions to physician referrals.
Electronic Medical Records - Connects patient medical records for convenience and seamless access.
To refer a patient to Ochsner Wound Care, contact 504-842-4070.