For many people, a wound is a simple matter. The natural healing process takes care of a cut, a sore, a spider bite, or other injury to the skin and underlying tissue. However, every year, chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions, keep 3 to 5 million Americans from doing the things they love to do. A wound can lead to a medical crisis or to a chronic condition that may mean multiple stays in a hospital or potential amputation.
Do You Need The Wound Care Center?
If you have a wound that has not improved with conventional treatment within 30 days, you have a chronic wound, and should consider referral to a specialized wound care treatment center. Although most of our patients are referred by their physicians, you can access our healing services without a physician referral.
A patient with a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies at the Wound Care Center. Some of the indications for wound therapy include:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds
Our Specialized Wound Treatment Center
At Good Samaritan Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in San Jose, we follow clinically proven pathways that promote faster healing and better outcomes. We bring together the people, resources, and expertise needed to promote true healing.
The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care to address total patient health, including:
- Infectious-disease management
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Laboratory evaluation
- Nutritional management
- Pain management
- Diabetic education
- Radiology testing
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Your First Visit
Patients do not need a doctor’s referral to the Wound Care Center; you may self-refer. However, the majority of patients are referred by a primary care physician. Our program operates by appointment, and we are often able to schedule your initial examination during the week you call.
What to bring:
- Copies of past medical records
- Health insurance card
- List of medications currently taking
Patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing the wound.
Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After this determination, we will develop a treatment program based on the most effective treatment options to fit your specific circumstances.
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. We will also teach you how to do your own wound care at home between visits and how to protect your wound from further injury. We will keep your primary care physician updated on the results of your wound care treatment and healing.