Expert skills to help you heal.Every wound is different. That is why we use the latest wound care to meet your unique needs.
Indiana University Health Wound Care focuses on the treatment of complicated or non-healing wounds. We use the most current, advanced wound dressings and cutting-edge technologies to optimize clinical outcomes. An initial consultation consists of a systems review, functional assessment, and wound evaluation, followed by an individualized treatment program consisting of a variety of treatment tools.
Wound Care Treatment
Every patient and every wound has unique circumstances. That’s why IU Health physicians thoroughly evaluate each patient’s wound and develop individual treatment programs based on a needs assessment. IU Health offers comprehensive care and treatment for wounds that have previously resisted traditional treatment, and we make sure to coordinate ongoing care the patient’s primary physician.
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.
Total Contact Casting
Total contact casting is used for pressure related wounds in extremities, most commonly the feet. This treatment consists of a cast that is fitted very closely to the area it treats to help protect the skin and keep pressure off the wound.
Negative Pressure 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, allowing the wound to heal quicker than if left untreated.
Compression Therapy and Bandaging
Compression and bandage therapy is used to reduce swelling and frequently uses specially medicated bandages that help promote healing. IU Health offers many kinds of compression and bandage therapies, such as vasopnuematic compression, Unna’s boot therapy and a multilayer bandaging system. A personalized comprehensive care plan created by an IU Health physician will identify the best compression therapy treatment options for each patient.
On-site Physical Therapy
IU Health physicians know that the process of healing a wound extends beyond the wound itself. Physical therapy can aid patients in regaining strength and functionality of the wounded area.
Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of wound treatment and still proves successful today. IU Health physicians used hydrotherapy to increase circulation to the wound and relieve pain. IU Health also offers pulsed lavage, a specialized hydrotherapy treatment. Pulsed lavage is the act of simultaneously irrigating and removing fluid from a wound to cleanse and heal it.
Wound Care Team
Our staff includes physical therapists who specialize in wound management through extensive clinical and academic training. They include Certified Wound Specialists (CWS), who are certified through the American Academy of Wound Management.