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When a wound will not heal, experts at Indiana University Health use advanced therapies to promote healing and decrease your risk for infection. Our wound care specialists have many years of experience diagnosing common to complicated problems.
As part of the largest and highly recognized quality healthcare system in the state, our wound care teams can easily refer you to specialists who treat the underlying conditions that prevent healing. Our interdisciplinary team of certified wound/ostomy/continence nurses, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and physicians use advanced wound care products and therapies such as electrical stimulation, pulsed lavage, non-contact low frequency ultrasound and ultraviolet light therapies to accelerate wound healing.
Chronic and non-healing wounds resulting from diabetes, trauma, vascular disease or immobility are painful and a serious health risk. The wound management specialists at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital provide comprehensive and compassionate care for complicated acute wounds and slow-healing, chronic wounds, including surgical wounds, vascular wounds, pressure ulcers, lymphedema, traumatic wounds, cellulitis and diabetic foot ulcers.
Our team of wound care experts are board certified as Certified Wound Specialists through the American Board of Wound Management or as Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence nurses through the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Certifying Board, and have years of experience in complex wound management.
As nationally recognized experts in our field, we draw on years of research and clinical studies to provide the very best possible care. Among other findings, our research has resulted in published peer-reviewed literature on low-frequency ultrasound for patients with chronic wounds, pressure ulcers in the critical care setting and ostomy-related complications. Multiple awards highlight our accomplishments and underline our focus on evidence-based practice, demonstrating that we always put our patients first. We stay on the leading edge of treatment techniques, using the most current technology available.
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Our certified wound specialists use advanced wound management techniques to treat patients with complex wounds, including:
- Acute and chronic wounds of various origins
- Ostomy (surgically created opening for drainage of wastes)
- Fistula (an abnormal connection between an organ, vessel or intestine)
- Pressure ulcers
- Complex vascular ulcers
- Inflammatory wounds
- Complex surgical wounds
- Moisture associated skin damage including incontinence associated dermatitis, intertriginous dermatitis, and peri-wound/ostomy dermatitis.
Our interdisciplinary team includes vascular, trauma and plastic surgeons; podiatrists; internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and certified wound, ostomy and continence nurses. Research partnerships between the wound/ostomy inpatient team and the bedside nursing team have resulted in advanced treatment options for incontinence and associated skin issues, pressure ulcers and ostomy. Our care has resulted in some of the best outcomes in the nation.
The inpatient physical therapy wound team provides a full wound assessment and review of your body’s systems to develop a plan of care that may include several treatment options to help you heal. Collaborating with certified wound, ostomy and continence nurses and physicians of multiple specialties, we care for complex wounds that need daily follow up or assessment, including cellulitis, lymphedema compression-related edema, deep tissue injury and wounds that result in functional deficits.
We work closely with the medical staff to make sure that the patient can tolerate treatment. We also refer patients to other specialists for additional care.
Treatment options include:
- Lymphedema management, including exercises, compression wraps and manual lymph drainage
- Therapeutic technologies such as electrical stimulation, contact low frequency ultrasound, non-contact low frequency ultrasound, high-voltage pulsed current, pulsed lavage with suction, negative pressure wound therapy and compression bandaging (Unna’s boot, multilayer bandaging system)
- Gait, range-of-motion and functional training
- Offloading techniques and devices to avoid weight-bearing or excessive range of motion on an extremity
- Pulsed lavage with suction (a pressurized, pulsed solution)
- Selective sharp debridement
- Vasopneumatic compression to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Burn treatment
Our team of physical therapists has gone beyond the typical training to earn extra certification as wound specialists. In addition, we have physical therapists certified in lymphedema management to provide comprehensive lymphedema treatment.
For patients not requiring inpatient care, the IU Health Methodist Hospital Wound Center provides treatment of chronic and complex wounds, including trauma and surgical wounds, burns/radiation injuries, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and more.
Specialized therapeutic interventions include:
- Low-frequency ultrasound
- Electrical stimulation
- Pulsatile lavage
- Ultraviolet C
- Compression therapy
- Advanced dressings
- Total contact casting
- Diabetic patient education
- Lymphedema management
- PAD net screening to rule out peripheral arterial disease
We collaborate with your physician to offer referrals to other specialists, such as infectious disease physicians, dermatologists, vascular surgeons, podiatrists and plastic surgeons in order to help manage the many aspects of your care. Our physical therapy and occupational therapy teams make sure you can perform your daily tasks as normally as possible. We also coordinate a consultation with a nutritionist or diabetic educator on an individual need basis. This multidisciplinary focus enables us to bring other specialties to our patients for comprehensive care in a convenient clinic setting.
For Patients with Wound Care needs:
Call direct: 317.962.9830
You need a referral from your physician to be seen in the IU Health Methodist Hospital Wound Center.
We are located in Methodist Professional Center 1 at 1801 N. Senate Avenue, Room AG053
For Patients with Ostomy Care needs:
Call direct: 317.962.8505
You need a referral from your physician to be seen.
We are located in IU Health Methodist B650 (B building off Capitol)
Any physician may refer a patient to IU Health Methodist Wound Center.
Call direct: 317.962.9830