Wound healing in Bayonet Point
The wound specialists at Bayonet Point Hospital's Wound Care Center have been providing wound healing services on the Nature Coast for over two decades. We have helped thousands of patients heal through ongoing assessment, comprehensive education and innovative therapies.
To learn more about our wound healing services, please call the Wound Care Center at (727) 869-5551.
Types of wounds we treat
Wounds vary greatly in terms of size, severity, cause and healing time. A wound is classified as "non-healing" or "chronic" if it has lasted for more than one month. In addition to being painful, chronic wounds can also be a danger to your overall health. The physicians at our Wound Care Center are available to provide the medical intervention needed to facilitate wound healing.
Chronic wounds can be treated through a variety of therapies, which will be determined by the size, location and nature of your wound. We commonly treat the following types of wounds:
- Abrasion—A wound caused by scraping or dragging a body part against another surface, such as a wound sustained in a motorcycle accident or fall.
- Laceration—A wound that is often deeper than an abrasion and has no pattern, as the skin has often sustained a deep cut.
- Incision—A wound that is caused by a sharp object, usually one that has a blade. The wound may be deep and cut through tissue and ligaments.
- Avulsion—A wound caused by an animal bite or accident involving cars or machinery that forcefully separates the tissue.
- Puncture—A wound that is caused by an object piercing tissue. Internal bleeding may occur because punctures sometimes go deep into tissue.
Scheduling an appointment with one of the specialists at the Wound Care Center is the first step for your wound treatment.
We are proud to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), an advanced wound healing treatment, at our Wound Care Center. This is a therapy that allows you to enter a hyperbaric chamber where you breathe pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. The increase of pure oxygen in the blood stream allows for an expedited rate of healing, as higher amounts of healthy, oxygen rich blood are delivered directly to the wound.
Wound healing process
A normal, healing wound typically follows three stages of healing:
- Phase one—This is when special cells gather to form a seal around damaged blood vessels and nerves while other cells start cleaning the wound.
- Phase two—Growth factors, which are found in the proteins of certain types of blood cells, stimulate the formation of new connective tissue to promote wound healing.
- Phase three—Collagen forms and provides the structure and strength needed to create a new outer layer of skin.
The entire wound healing process can take up to two years for final strength and structure to be fully developed. However, this wound healing process can be impaired by internal and external factors, such as:
- Certain conditions, such as diabetes and vascular disorders
- Insufficient blood supply
- Insufficient flow of oxygen
- Medical treatments, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and steroid medications
Talk to your doctor about your health and how to prevent chronic wounds.
Preventing chronic wounds
If any of the factors above apply to you, you may be at a greater risk for developing a chronic, non-healing wound. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can take to reduce your chance of developing a chronic wound, including:
- Visit your doctor promptly if you have an injury. Even minor conditions, such as skin tears, can develop into chronic wounds.
- Notify your doctor if your wound is not healing after one month of treatment.
- Keep pressure off the wounded area.
- Do not use peroxide, bleach, iodine or other products to clean your wound until discussing this with your healthcare provider.
- If you have diabetes, focus on controlling your blood glucose level through diet, exercise and any prescribed medication. Abnormal glucose levels can interrupt the healing process.
- If you have diabetes or vascular disease, practice proper foot care and always wear properly fitting shoes.
Coming to the Wound Care Center
The Wound Care Center is located next door to Bayonet Point Hospital in the Hospital Medical Plaza. Our center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Free parking is available.