Hours; M-F; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The experienced wound care staff at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital has specialized training to evaluate and treat both simple and complex, chronic wounds.
Wound care specialists are specially trained in the care and treatment of a wide variety of wounds, including:
- Wounds that fail to heal after one month of conventional treatment
- Pressure ulcers
- Vascular, diabetic, surgical, traumatic and infected wounds
Family and patient education is also critical to the healing process.
To see a wound care specialist, a patient first needs to see their own provider and then be referred to the wound clinic. On their first visit to the wound clinic, it is helpful for patients to be able to give some history regarding the nature of their wound and the onset. We also like to know what treatments have already been tried. We do caution against some home remedies that may actually cause harm to a wound. For example, straight hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol or essential oils are too powerful and are actually toxic to good tissue. These could make a wound worse. Some patients have swelling or edema in the legs associated with wounds and this can and should also be treated by adding appropriate compression to the legs.
There are many things patients can do at home to help heal wounds. Washing hands (to stop the spread of infection), eating well (wounds need good nutrition to heal), smoking cessation (can improve wound healing by 50%), exercise (improve circulation), diabetes control (wounds heal faster with diabetes under steady control).
If you feel you would benefit from specialized wound care, please contact your primary health care provider for a referral.