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Wound and Ostomy Care

A better quality of life: Specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds

If you have a sore or wound that just hasn't improved or entirely healed in two months, ask your physician or provider about Arbor Health's Wound Care Clinic, located at Morton Hospital.

Our board certified wound and ostomy team can treat many of these wounds, including some that have resisted healing for months and even years of traditional treatment. Our goals are simple: To provide the specialized treatment you need to help you heal and achieve a better quality of life.

Many healthcare plans cover wound care clinic treatment. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. Patients who could benefit from this program would be those with:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Venous stasis ulcers.
  • Pressure ulcers.
  • Arterial ulcers.
  • Infected wounds.
  • Surgical wounds that just won't heal.
  • Injuries such as burns, bites, lacerations or contusions.
  • People with wound-susceptible diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
  • Patients on medications such as steroids or oncology drugs.

Board certification: What does it mean?

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®) began certifying nurses in 1978 as a way to recognize and differentiate the value of expert nurses who specialize in wound care. Becoming board certified is a voluntary process requiring specific evaluations of a nurse's professional wound care experience. While a nurse who is not board-certified may possess basic skills, he or she may not have the specialized training and expertise to adequately provide effective wound care. Board certification ensures that a nurse is knowledgeable and well-qualified to provide specialized care that is meant to protect you, the patient. They possess the following qualifications:

Clinical experts: Board-certified nurses are required to complete many hours of classroom education and clinical experience.

Treatment specialists: Board-certified nurses are required to participate in ongoing education programs, staying up-to-date on the most current techniques and products.

Health educators: Board-certified nurses teach you about your health problems and how to best manage them. Educated patients can actively participate in their care, leading to quicker healing and increased comfort.

In summary, board-certified nurses are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are well prepared to take care of special needs. The Arbor Health wound care clinic works with your personal physician or healthcare provider, discussing your treatment program and keeping them updated on your healing and overall progress.

Talk to your physician about a referral to our wound care clinic. The intake fax number is 360-496-3508.