The Wound Care team at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provides specialized out-patient treatment for wounds that have not healed for three weeks or longer. Our Certified Wound Care nurses possess the qualifications to deliver the highest standard in wound care to their patients. Our team is committed to providing you with comprehensive care. We understand the discomfort and inconvenience your wounds cause you every day, and we want to help you feel better and get back to your daily routine.
Common wounds we treat:
- Sores or bruises that develop on arms and legs due to inadequate blood flow
- Skin ulcers usually caused by inadequate blood flow or nerve problems often associated with diabetes
- Skin ulcers or sores that develop from other health complications and have not healed within 3 weeks
- Skin tears
- Wounds caused by surgical incisions that do not heal properly
- Ostomy care
What to expect
At your first visit, your wound care nurse will gather information about your wound and your current health status. Your wound will be thoroughly assessed and you may undergo tests to diagnose the cause of your wounds. A treatment plan will be developed and as your treatment progresses, your nurse will continue to assess your wounds and adjust your plan of care, as needed. Treatment plans often include 2-3 visits per week. You will be taught the cause of your wound, how to care for your wound, and how to recognize early warning signs of complications.
Working with your primary care provider
Throughout your treatment, we work closely with your primary care provider. After your initial visit, your primary care provider will receive a report outlining your diagnosis and planned treatment. Your wound care nurse will send periodic reports to your primary care provider to ensure he or she is continually aware of your progress.
Making an appointment
If you have a slow-healing wound that needs attention, you may schedule an appointment or ask your primary care doctor to setup a visit. If you have questions about your wound, please call our staff to determine if an appointment is appropriate. Before your first visit, we recommend that you review your insurance benefits or contact your insurance provider to determine if you need to precertify for treatment.
To heal properly, wounds need frequent attention. Even if your primary care doctor is not in Knoxville, you can schedule appointments with our Wound Care Program, closer to where you live or work.