Scripps offers acute and chronic wound care services by certified wound therapists whose goal is to reduce your pain and heal your wound in order to avoid additional medical complications.
Our wound care team works closely with physicians to use the most effective, advanced and appropriate individualized wound care treatments.
Wound therapy services are provided at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
Our wound care therapists treat a variety of conditions that lead to skin breakdown and injury, including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores)
- Suspected deep tissue injuries
- Burns (including mild, moderate and radiation burns)
- Vascular disorders such as venous stasis, venous insufficiency, or arterial insufficiency
- Surgical incisions that become infected, re-open, or do not heal properly
- Puncture wounds
- Animal and spider bites
During your initial evaluation, your wound care therapist will evaluate the size and severity of your wound. Your therapist will also irrigate (clean) the wound, remove any dead tissue (a process called debridement), apply dressings as needed and teach you or your caregiver how to manage the wound at home.
You and your therapist will also discuss an agreed-upon care plan, including the number of projected follow-up visits, as some wounds take longer to heal than others.
Scripps wound care therapists are trained to promote wound healing through a variety of techniques including:
- Negative pressure wound therapy, also known as vacuum assisted wound closure or wound VAC
- Application of topical agents
- Compression therapy
- MIST low frequency ultrasound
- Biosurgical debridement (maggot therapy)
- Conservative sharp debridement
- Advanced wound dressings
- Pulse lavage (a form of debridement using hydrotherapy)