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appointments and care for their wound at home-steps

Bioengineered skin substitutes are materials that

that are critical to their success.

resemble human skin in structure and are used as

Wounds treated in the program typically heal within eight

a replacement for skin.

to 12 weeks. During this time, the patient's wound is evalu-

Negative pressure wound therapy is a noninvasive

ated and measured each week, which impacts the patient's

therapy that uses controlled negative pressure to

treatment plan. "We adapt our plans to the patient's rate of

stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

healing. Some wounds heal faster than others, and we may

Debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged

encounter complications, but that's OK. Our treatment plans

or infected tissue to improve healing of the remaining

are flexible, which allows us to meet every patient need that

healthy tissue.
Advanced dressing and wraps protect the wound from

may arise," says Dr. Anthony.
During the first weeks of the program, the team is

bacteria. They include hydrocolloid, hydrogel, alginate

focused on reducing pressure on the wound, cleansing it

and collagen dressings.

and applying minor skin substitutes. This process, called

For most nonhealing wounds, treatment includes

offloading, allows the wound to resume the healing process

a combination of therapies. The most complex wounds

that had been blocked by dead tissue. In addition, patients

require time. "Wounds, even complicated ones, can heal,"

with underlying medical conditions like diabetes or periph-

says Dr. Wynes. "The hundreds of patients that we have

eral artery disease are referred to respective centers for

helped are proof. But the successful healing of a wound

care-the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and

requires expertise, a dedicated care team and a patient

Endocrinology and the Vascular Center, both conveniently

who is committed to the process." 

located at UMMC Midtown Campus.
If the wound remains unhealed, doctors turn to more
advanced treatment options:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides oxygen

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

to all parts of the body in amounts greater than
possible under normal conditions. The combination

If you have a nonhealing wound, make an appointment
at the Wound Healing Center at UMMC Midtown Campus.
Call 1-855-866-HEAL or 410-225-8600.

of 100 percent oxygen and pressure sometimes
speeds the healing process.

GIVE YOUR WOUND A CHANCE TO HEAL

Follow these at-home wound care guidelines to give your body the best chance at healing.

1

STOP THE
BLEEDING.

Apply pressure with

2

CLEAN THE WOUND
GENTLY BUT THOROUGHLY.

Start by washing your

3

PROTECT
THE WOUND.

Apply an antibiotic

4

KEEP AN EYE OUT
FOR INFECTION.

Warmth, redness, swelling,

a piece of gauze. If blood

hands to reduce the spread

ointment, if desired, and

pain, oozing and flu-like

soaks through the first

of germs. Rinse the wound

cover the wound with an

symptoms (fever, chills,

piece of gauze, add

with cool water, then

adhesive bandage to keep

body aches) could mean

another, but don't remove

remove any debris with

germs out. Remember to

infection. If you experience

the first piece. You may

tweezers sanitized in

change the bandage

any of these symptoms,

have to hold pressure

alcohol. Wash the wound

every day.

see your doctor right away.

for several minutes.

with soap and warm water.

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