Wound care

The wound care program at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center is dedicated to the treatment of healing and non-healing wounds. Our wound care program is part of the outpatient rehabilitation service here at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center and is located on the lower level of the South Tower of the hospital. The staff that makes up our wound care program consists of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and rehab technicians trained in wound care.

For more information about the wound care program at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center, please call (713) 527-5451.

Non-healing wounds

Common types of non-healing wounds that we treat include:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Pressure sores
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Trauma wounds

Both non-healing and healing wounds may be a result of:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular insufficiency
  • Venous stasis
  • Incision breakdown
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Sores
  • Burns

Your visit to our wound care program

Upon your first visit, a therapist will perform an initial evaluation to assess the wound. Wounds are measured on the initial visit and every seven days thereafter. Patients are seen for treatment based on a physician’s order. Our treatment options can include whirlpool, pulse lavage and dressing changes. Sharp debridement techniques may be performed as needed and include:

  • Removing necrotic tissue from the wound bed
  • Using a scalpel
  • Using a sharp debridement kit

Physician referrals

Patients are referred for wound care by their primary care physician. The referring physician will be updated with the patient’s progress on a weekly basis or more frequently as required by the physician.

Wound care at HCA Houston Healthcare

Wound care involves medical intervention to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are non-healing or refuse to heal on their own. To promote healing, learning how to properly dress and care for wounds is vital.

Learn about Wound care