Wound care specialists treat patients with acute or chronic wounds
Individualized treatment encourages your body’s natural processes, helping you heal faster.
Sometimes a wound just won’t heal, or it begins to heal but then reopens. Some causes of this condition include:
- Immobility (can cause pressure sores, also known as bed sores)
- Underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes
- Poor nutrition
- Environmental factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke
- Deep underlying infection
- Poor blood flow
- Repeated trauma from improper management of the wound, including use of toxic solutions or traumatic dressing application and removal
Indiana University Health Wound Care is dedicated to treating complicated and non-healing wounds.
When you come to us, we carefully assess your condition using a variety of tools, including but not limited to:
- Laboratory testing
- Vascular diagnostics
- Nutritional screening
- Radiographic imaging
This information allows us to plan the most effective course of care for healing your wound.
Advanced treatments provide excellent outcomes
IU Health Wound Care uses the most current, advanced wound dressings and leading-edge wound-care technologies to provide the best possible outcome. You will have an individualized treatment program designed for your specific condition.
Treatments we provide to encourage healing include, but are not limited to:
Compression and lymphedema management
Compression bandaging and lymphedema therapy is used to reduce swelling. We frequently use highly-specialized bandaging and manual techniques to help promote healing. We offer many kinds of compression therapies, such as vasopnuematic and lymphedema compression pumps, Unna’s boot therapy, multilayer bandaging systems and lymphedema wrapping, and manual techniques. A personalized comprehensive care plan created by an IU Health wound specialist will identify the best compression therapy treatment options for each patient.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is able to rapidly accelerate wound healing by delivering high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream. An IU Health hyperbaric technologist monitors patients at all times during their therapy, and an IU Health physician continuously evaluates and adjusts patients’ treatment to better heal the wound. Please note this treatment may not be available at all hospital locations.
Negative pressure wound therapy
Negative pressure wound therapy promotes healing in wounds with a vacuum dressing. The vacuum creates a negative pressure in the wound that draws increased blood flow to the area and stimulates cells to promote new tissue growth, allowing the wound to heal quicker than if left untreated.
Custom Total Contact Casting
Total contact casting is considered the gold standard in the treatment of patients with wounds on the bottom of their feet related to diabetes. This treatment consists of a cast that is customized to each individual’s foot to transfer the weight of the body away from the wound itself when the patient stands or walks
Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of wound treatment and has advanced in terms of delivery to promote healing without negatively impacting other systems. IU Health wound specialists use hydrotherapy to increase circulation to the wound, cleanse the wound of bacteria and debris, and to relieve pain. We offer hydrotherapy in the form of pulsed lavage—simultaneously irrigating and removing fluid from a wound to cleanse and heal it.
Ultrasound is a technology that has been used for decades for decreasing inflammation and pain in soft tissue. An ultrasound technology delivered at a lower frequency has emerged to help with the management of wounds. Non-contact low frequency ultrasound is used to decrease bacteria and debris in a wound, as well as decrease inflammation, stimulate cells to grow new tissue and to decrease pain associated with the wound. Contact low frequency ultrasound is also a newer ultrasound technology that assists with wound cleansing and debridement without a significant increase in pain. Please note this treatment may not be available at all hospital locations.
The IU Health wound care team consists of clinicians from various disciplines including nurses, physical therapists, certified wound specialists, wound Ostomy and continence nurses, diabetic educators, podiatrists and physicians of multiple specialties. In addition to medical treatment and care of the wound itself, you may also be referred to physical and or occupational therapy to address functional difficulties you may have with activities of daily living associated with the wound.