The St. Mary Mercy wound care center provides services for the effective treatment of problem wounds in an outpatient setting. The services are designed to ensure cost-effective, standardized care with the flexibility to develop individualized treatment plans. Located on the first floor of the hospital, services include wound assessment, treatment plans, coordination of care, education and support services, Therapies provided include debridement, nutritional support, infection management and occupational and physical therapy referral. All services are provided by nursing staff specializing in wound care under the direction of board certified physicians.
Read more about our services in the Spring/Summer 2012 Life & Health newsletter.
Problem or Chronic Wounds
When the body's natural wound healing process is delayed or hindered, the wound site becomes an ongoing medical problem. It is important to understand that there are two sets of factors that can interfere with or slow the healing process.
Local factors are those that occur at the wound site including prolonged pressure on the wound, a dry cover on the wound site, re-injured or swollen wound tissue, localized infection in the wound site, the inability to control bowel and bladder function, and localized necrosis (tissue death) at the site of the wound.
Systemic factors are those that affect the entire body and are not confined to just the wound site. These factors include age, body build, the presence of ongoing or chronic disease, inadequate daily nutrition, poor circulation or vascular disease, a compromised immune system due to disease or medication, and radiation therapy.
Meeting the Challenges
Problem wounds create a complex set of challenges. At the St. Mary Mercy wound care center we provide a full range of services for effective wound treatment and management. Our comprehensive services are designed to ensure state-of-art care with the flexibility to develop individualized treatment plans.
We provide an extensive assessment of the wound site as well as the patient health factors that may be affecting the wound healing process.
Individualized treatment plans include wound care management and appropriate adjunctive therapies.
Coordination of Care
All patient care is coordinated with the primary care provider to ensure an integrated treatment plan for the patient's overall well-being.
Patients and caregivers are provided with education on wound care and life-style adjustments to help the healing process. Effective management techniques for underlying medical conditions are also taught with emphasis on proper patient compliance.
Integrated support services are requested to help patients and caregivers cope with the demands of wound treatment regimens and any needed life-style adjustments.
Promoting the Process
The St. Mary Mercy wound care center provides a wide range of therapies specifically designed to help promote the healing process. Some of these therapies are:
- Nutritional Support
- Support Surface Recommendations
- Infection Management
- Occupational/Physical Therapy
St. Mary Mercy - Wound Care
36475 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
John Iljas, D.O., Medical Director