ETMC Henderson Wound Care Center

It’s discouraging to have a wound that won’t heal

It also can compromise your lifestyle with pain and lack of mobility. At the ETMC wound care clinic in Henderson, we understand the need for this specialized form of care and provide antibiotics, debridement and a variety of dressings, including silver-based dressing, to aid in healing.

Medical director Joseph B. Coopwood, MD, FACS, offers preventive and therapeutic care for inpatients and outpatients alike. Among the conditions he treats are

  • abscesses and infections
  • minor burns and insect bites
  • diabetic ulcers, lower leg ulcers and pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • problems related to poor circulation
  • skin tears and lacerations
  • slow-healing surgical wounds or postoperative infection

For information or an appointment, please call the ETMC wound care clinic in Henderson at 903-655-3843.

“I try to treat people like they’re the only patient I have by giving them 100 percent of my time and effort.”
– Joseph B. Coopwood, MD, FACS

Circulation and wounds

Impaired circulation resulting from diabetes or vascular problems can cause the breakdown of skin cells. This leads to wounds, primarily in the hands, legs and feet. A simple, painless Doppler ultrasound test can be used to detect blockages in vessels that restrict blood flow. If blockages are found, preventive measures can be taken to increase blood flow, such as use of certain medications and/or compression garments.

Diet and wound healing

Serious wounds require an increase in the fluids, vitamins, minerals and proteins necessary to promote healing. That’s why a special diet might be recommended as part of the individualized wound care program at ETMC Jacksonville. Here are some nutritional tips to keep in mind:

  • plan healthy, balanced meals and snacks that include protein, fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains
  • stay well hydrated with water and other unsweetened beverages such as tea, coffee, 100 percent fruit juice and milk
  • diabetics should work with their doctor, wound care professional and/or a dietician to develop a personalized blood sugar management plan

Untreated wounds can be life-threatening

Without proper care, wounds can get infected and even become deadly. One of the most dangerous complications is sepsis, which occurs when the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection, thus causing an inflammatory response throughout the body. Side effects of this inflammation include slow wound healing and potential organ damage.

Sepsis can be treated with antibiotics and other therapies. See a doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs of sepsis:

  • confirmed infection
  • temperature higher than 101 degrees or lower than 96.8 degrees
  • elevated heart rate exceeding 90 beats per minute
  • fast breathing exceeding 20 breaths per minute
  • abdominal pain and/or decreased urination

The highest level of care: The ETMC Wound Healing Center in Tyler

If you have a wound that is particularly serious or persistent, you may be referred to the ETMC Wound Healing Center in Tyler, which has earned reaccreditation with distinction from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. There are 1,350 wound centers in the U.S., and this puts the ETMC facility among only 46 that are accredited with distinction.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves putting the patient in an atmosphere of pure oxygen under controlled high pressure. This pressure helps oxygen dissolve more rapidly into the blood. As a result, red blood cells carry oxygen deep into tissues they couldn’t otherwise reach. White blood cells are more able to fight infection, helping the immune system. New peripheral blood vessels can form, increasing blood flow to hands and feet.

This specialized form of therapy promotes healing of wounds, serious infections, pressure-related injuries, arterial gas embolism and other illnesses. To learn more about the ETMC Wound Healing Center in Tyler, call 903-526-4325.