Time doesn’t heal wounds. We do.
ProHealth Wound Care Specialists are serious about delivering quality wound care and infection control to your patients. Wound care is serious business and our wound care doctors deliver the kind of care your patients need in order to recover at a faster rate, providing efficacy of treatment and aggressive management of all wounds.
With years of combined wound-care experience in helping older individuals return to better health, our physicians, physician assistants and nurses are happiest when their work matters. That means they strive to develop successful continuity of care when treating your patients. That means they develop sincere patient-caregiver relationships. And that means they help restore proper healing of all wound types.
ProHealth is not here to stop in for a few minutes every now and then to merely take a look, treat some wounds and be on our way. We are here to help the healing. Our wound care doctors fully realize and appreciate the fact that they represent ProHealth as the first and last point-of-contact for most who encounter them. With that, our healthcare professionals are mindful about the importance of their work, which includes spending ample time with the patients you have invited them to help heal.
The ProHealth Mission
The ProHealth Mission is to offer clinical expertise by enlisting a consultative and caring approach for faster wound healing. Striving to reduce wound infection rates for those we serve at long-term care facilities as well as Hospice organizations, we continuously endeavor to develop genuine and respectful patient relationships that fully promote health and healing.
Our efforts are reflected by the ProHealth Mission such that we work in an inclusive manner by fostering open communication and transparency with onsite caregivers in order to arrive at positive health outcomes for our mutual patients. We believe that by hiring only the best in the field, our healthcare deliverables will advance the rates of wound healing for those elderly individuals we serve.
Our Wound Care – Let’s Get Clinical
ProHealth Wound Care Specialists work hard to provide the best-in-practice treatment methods during their weekly wound rounds. Our wound care doctors are available to visit your patients once a week anywhere between 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We feel it is important to establish routine visits. Our physicians arrive at the same time each week to our partnering facilities because standard visit times not only work well for us, but also for you and your patients.
After a thorough wound examination is performed by one of our wound care doctors, aggressive and advanced wound treatment begins. This treatment helps prevent entry of any infectious organisms by utilizing only the most effective antimicrobial ointments along with negative-pressure devices and dressings. Visits by our wound care doctors involve pro-active and preventative care measures that are best suited to treat common and uncommon wounds.
Acting quickly means reduction in wounds and safeguarding against the infections they bring. Pressure ulcers and wounds can develop in mere days. Taking actionable steps that prevent the risk of pressure ulcers is the ultimate measure to combat expensive healthcare costs.
Our highly trained ProHealth wound care doctors enlist such methodologies as The Braden Scale for assessing LTC patients’ risk of developing pressure ulcers, which can, of course, lead to serious wounds. Any score <9 on The Braden Scale is considered to warrant a very high risk of a LTC patient developing a pressure wound, whereas the lowest possible score = 6. Preventative care is top of mind for our wound care specialists.
ProHealth wound care doctors always operate under Best Practices of wound care management, which include:
- Etiology & prevention of pressure ulcers
- Thorough wound assessment
- Usage of the Braden Scale & the Braden Q Scale
- Advanced skin care (perineal dermatitis)
- Tissue load management
- Dressings (not all topical therapy)
- Wound documentation
Some medical data findings have estimated that a pressure ulcer in a nursing home resident can triple the cost of care.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the Interpretive Guidelines and Investigative Protocol for Surveyors as dictated by Federal Tag 314 such that a nursing facility could be held accountable by way of a citation if they fail to:
- Prevent new ulcer development
- Promote healing of previously identified ulcers
Development of a Stage IV ulcer, unless the wound has been categorized as otherwise unavoidable, may also warrant a nursing home surveyor citation.
So ProHealth Wound Care Specialists treat all wounds – whether avoidable or unavoidable. And our professionals are always mindful to help encourage and reinforce day-to-day Best Practices of wound care.
The Types of Wounds ProHealth Specialists Treat
The types of wound care ProHealth physicians deliver to patients include:
- Chronic and acute wounds
- Pressure ulcer-wounds
- Open and closed wounds
- Chronic wound exudate treatment
- Post-operative wound care
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous wound ulcers
- Treatment of wounds due to vascular insufficiencies or immunodeficiencies
In addition to our goal of successful wound treatment, ProHealth works to reduce hospital admissions for our long-term care facilities’ patients by formidable wound-infection control measures.
The patients that we share deserve more rapid healing rates through quality care and comfort. Just know that it is as important to us as it is to the patients we serve, and the facilities for which we partner, to help keep residents where they feel the most comfortable—in and around environments where they are familiar, and with those for whom they fully trust.
Helping Your Staff Help Your Patients
When it comes to nurses, as well as CNAs and others who are charged with continuing wound care for your patients, ProHealth is always pleased to share with them the many intricacies of maintaining effective wound healing. Our wound care doctors can help supplement your in-house training by answering any questions that your team may have when we visit. ProHealth takes the time to discuss care plans, all the while emphasizing the importance of the entire continuum of wound care.
We can help shed additional light on Best Practices of Wound Care &Treatment for those invaluable and supportive caregivers working in LTC facilities and Hospice organizations. Working to form respectful relationships with the many on-site healthcare teams, we invite them to observe the newest and best wound-care techniques enlisted by our specialists.
Aligning our treatment goals with yours for the betterment of your patients is just one of the primary responsibilities of ProHealth’s wound care doctors.
Expectations of ProHealth Wound Care Specialists
We expect the best. Why shouldn’t you?
Our ProHealth wound care doctors, physician assistants and nurses are highly skilled, educated and licensed so as to ensure only the highest quality of care delivery while maintaining proper wound healing to long-term care and Hospice patients. Herein are the basics of our very high expectations of those we hire.
First and foremost, we expect our ProHealth staff to genuinely enjoy working with the older population. This is what drives our values-based care. We make it no secret that we are a team in every sense of the word, and that we are, together with you, treating older patients with the best types of wound care they need—and deserve. We invite you to share in our high expectations of ProHealth wound care doctors and nurses
Our wound specialists meet regularly to discuss treatment cases and to share new wound care treatment methodologies. When new regulatory healthcare legislations are enacted that pertain to wound care provisions, we educate our team immediately.
ProHealth Best Practices & Standards that our physicians and nurses enlist when treating wounds in the elderly demand rigid adherence, and we expect nothing less.
And we understand; we know it isn’t always easy for nursing home patients to grasp the extent of wound care treatment, but our healthcare professionals are there to explain in ways that will best be understood. They also realize when explanations are not needed or are not solicited; always observant about the varying levels of awareness in elderly residents, yet always able to provide the same quality of care no matter a patient’s cognitive ability.
ProHealth communicates with your staff in effective and respectful manners.
And we expect them to encourage your direct caregivers to reach out with any questions or concerns during our visits in regards to the residents we are treating.
Outside of our normal contracted working hours, here are our Need-to-Knows:
- If a patient’s wound is notably deteriorating, we want to know, even if a lead nurse at your facility has been informed.
- If a patient is admitted to the hospital for wound care—whether it is the primary or secondary reason for admission—we want to know that, too.
- We like it if our clients facilitate sending any hospital discharge notes to us.
Without two-way communication, it can be overly challenging to deliver positive outcomes in wound treatment for your residents. We count on you to provide us with the kind of transparency that lends itself to quality wound care for your patients. We’re happy to do the same for you!
How We Treat Pressure Wounds
We treat vascular ulcers and pressure wounds that demonstrate signs of infection with non-occlusive dressing – always. We have found negative pressure treatment to increase the rate of wound healing by nearly 40% when a vacuum-assisted closure is applied. This is because it:
• Removes fluid from the wound
• Allows penetration of fresh blood
• Keeps wounds moist
To help a wound move towards faster maturation, our wound care doctors at Pro Health have the ability to remove necrotic tissue as well as suture wounds when needed.
Although ProHealth Wound Care Specialists are experts in their field, it is common to encounter nursing home residents with conditions that prevent wounds from properly healing, such as:
• Decreased blood flow caused by peripheral vascular disease
• A lack of monocytes and antibodies caused by decreased immune system functions
• Reduced liver functions that impair the synthesis of blood factors
• Decreased lung functions resulting in lowered oxygen levels resulting in diminished epithelium and collagen production
In these instances, ProHealth wound care doctors work with direct-care staff in order to keep residents comfortable by continuing to treat their wounds with appropriate medicated creams and devices. Consecutive physician assessments may be necessary for keeping a close eye on the more serious wounds.