Wound Care

Wounds can be a challenge to treat, especially when you have lymphedema or a weakened immune system. Haley Rehab’s certified wound care nurse specialist (CWS) assesses, treats and monitors our clients’ wounds and provides education in self-care to help prevent wound recurrence. Haley Rehab’s therapists work closely with our wound care nurse, to help heal any area of open skin. Our wound care nurse supports and educates people living with diabetes, cancer, limited mobility, and people with pressure ulcers or at risk for developing other chronic (long-lasting) wounds.

Treating wounds with care

If you notice any changes in your skin, including new, recurring or non-healing lesions or sores, please tell your health care team and ask to be referred to a wound care nurse specialist. At your first visit to Haley Rehab for wound care, the wound care nurse will perform a careful assessment and develop a tailor-made treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan may include:
  • Cleaning and/or debridement to remove dead skin and tissue.
  • Applying topical antimicrobial dressings, if required.
  • Assessing for infection or inflammation.
  • Bandaging.
  • If your wound is on your lower leg, it may need compression bandaging to help the blood flow and heal the wound. An ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) test may be done to check that the vessels in your leg are working well.
  • Skin cultures, if other tests are needed.
Our wound care nurse may also work with your health care team to assess you for antibiotic therapy, to help the wound heal faster. Having a wound care nurse specialist involved in your care, helps to relieve pain, improve loss of function, and monitor for serious, even life-threatening, complications. This care can make a huge difference in our clients’ quality of life. Haley Rehab’s wound care nurse specialist gets huge satisfaction from helping clients heal their wounds and return to daily activities. Read more about wound care treatment and self-care practices, from the Breast Cancer Agency.

Educating the community

Wound care nurse specialists play an important educator role. They teach people, their families, and health care providers how to care for wounds and prevent them from recurring. They are a key resource to front-line health professionals who take care of patients with wounds in hospitals, people’s homes, and other residences. Our goal is to help you get back to healthy skin. If you have a wound that is not healing, call our office for an initial assessment with our wound care nurse specialist. No referral is required. Contact us today at 613- 422-5061, to see how Haley Rehab can help you achieve wellness.