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Wounds

Whether you or a loved one has a wound as a result of surgery, an injury or burn, diabetes, pressure ulcer problems or poor circulation, the wound requires special care. Proper wound care is critical to preventing infections and other serious complications. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York can provide the right care for your wound at home and help you better understand the healing process so you can recover as quickly as possible. 

Understanding Wounds

Simply put, a wound is an opening or cut in the skin. Normally, healthy skin that is intact acts as a barrier that helps prevent germs or foreign material from entering your body. When there’s a break in the skin because of a wound, however, you become vulnerable to infection in the wound itself, as well as inside your body. How quickly a wound heals depends on several factors, including the size and depth of the wound, what caused it, how well you take care of it, your age, and the general state of your health.

Depending on the nature of the wound, your doctor will suggest the best ways to keep it clean and well dressed and may prescribe medications to ease the pain or prevent infection. VNSNY can help you follow your treatment plan so you can heal properly and without complications.

How VNSNY Can Help

Our professional nursing staff includes a dedicated team of Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN’s) with expertise in the treatment of patients with wounds, ostomies (surgically created openings) and incontinence management issues.

Our nurses can help you follow your doctor’s recommendations and recover from a wound at home. Our services include:

  • Assessing the status of a wound and how well it’s healing
  • Wound cleansing and changing the wound dressings
  • Administering antibiotic therapy
  • Educating patients and caregivers on changing wound dressings, monitoring healing, managing pain and recognizing potential complications
  • Providing state-of-the-art therapies, such as Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, to stimulate tissue growth and heal wounds faster
  • Making recommendations for the necessary changes to your diet, activities, and other aspects of your life to facilitate recovery
  • Improving your comfort at home during the healing process. 

Contact

To learn more about how VNSNY can help you or a loved one manage wounds, contact us at 1-800-675-0391.