“A key factor to our healing process is the relationship between our physicians, the referring provider and the patient,” said Allison Schilling, program director of the Wound Healing Center. “We know that patient compliance is important for successful treatments. We want to keep the lines of communication open every step of the way to help keep the healing process in motion. Being on the Missouri Baptist campus also provides patients with convenient access to other services, including imaging and lab services during their visits.”
Your First Appointment
After referral by a primary care physician you will be scheduled for your first appointment.
Your care team will complete a diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound.
After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
Specialized Wound Care
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the center on a regular basis for treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.
It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
If You Are Sick Or On Medication
If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)
Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.