Wound Care Specialist in Powdersville, SC
If you or a loved one recently got hurt or have an existing wound that won’t heal, AFC Urgent Care is here to help you heal all your wounds. Call today for more information or schedule an appointment with our Wound Care Specialist Today! Start your journey to healing with us.
Wounds come in all shapes and sizes: deep, shallow, wide and narrow. They can be caused by a vast variety of inflictions, both accidental and medically intentional. Most wounds are not severe and do not require intense medical attention, although they still require special care, like cleaning, dressing and treating. Even small wounds need to be washed and covered to promote healing and prevent infection. However, more severe wounds, ones that are deep, wide and long, require very special care and close attention by a health care professional. If you have sustained a serious wound, you need to seek medical attention immediately! The bigger the wound, the higher the chance of infection, and infections can lead to crippling complications.
Does urgent care treat wounds?
It’s tricky for patients to tell when cuts require medical attention. Many minor wounds heal without any professional intervention, but some require stitches or other types of treatment for proper healing. So how can you tell when to go to the ER? Wounds will almost always require a trip to local emergency room if they are:
- Deep enough to expose muscles, bones, or fatty tissues
- Wide enough so that you can’t easily apply pressure to press the edges together
- Located across a joint (fear of damaging nerves, tendons or ligaments)
- The result of a bite (may require tetanus or tetanus treatment)
- Caused by a dirty or rusty object
- On the face or any other body part where scarring is a concern
- Still bleeding after 15 minutes of direct pressure
What does a wound care clinic do?
A wound care clinic provides care to individuals with acute wounds (skin/soft tissue infections with skin breakdown) and chronic wounds (diabetic, neuropathic, vascular foot wounds).
There are several services available for the management of chronic wounds. Some clinics offer these services:
- Wound evaluation and monitoring
- Cleaning and bandaging
- Advanced dressing selection
- Pressure treatments, including compression wraps
- Moisture treatments and tissue builders
- Biological dressing/Skin substitutes
- Pulsed lavage, which are treatments that use pulsing water to clean wounds
- Surgical therapies, including the removal of unhealthy or dead tissues that prohibit the healing of wounds, or wound biopsies to detect abnormal tissues or infection
- Coordination of advanced surgical or medical care if indicated
What type of doctor treats wound care?
Surprisingly, doctors that treat wounds do not have a special title, and are referred to as wound care specialists. These wound care specialists employ wound care treatments that typical doctors aren’t trained or qualified to perform. Being in the care of a wound care specialist maximizes your chances of long-term healing as they are the most qualified and knowledgeable in the following specialized treatments and procedures:
- Bioengineered skin
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Incision and drainage
- Negative pressure-assisted wound closure
- Post-surgical incision management
- Skin grafting
- Unna Boot
- Total contact casting
Wound care specialists have encountered and cared for wounds of all types and know exactly how to treat your wound with the speed and efficiency required to protect your health.
If you or someone you know has sustained a wound, please seek medical attention immediately. At AFC Urgent Care, we have medical professionals available seven days a week to help you diagnose, treat and dress your wounds. Do not hesitate to call us! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! If it is urgent, we accept walk-ins, no appointment necessary!