Wound & Ostomy Care
Brookings Health System’s wound ostomy service treats individuals with wounds caused by medical treatments, disease or injuries. We also help people with ostomies, surgical openings that allow for the elimination of bodily waste.
Patient care is provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis, including visits to home health eligible patients, by a certified wound ostomy nurse (CWON).
Types of chronic and acute wounds we care for include:
- Neuropathic/Diabetic ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Venous disease causing swollen legs and non-healing wounds
- Wounds of the legs and feet
- Abdominal wounds
- Chronic, non-healing wounds
- Wounds of mixed cause
- Trauma wounds
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Surgically-treated wounds that fail to heal
- Diabetes mellitus with foot deformities, which can cause calluses and open wounds
Studies document that wounds heal faster when a wound nurse is involved in patient care. Wound care services we provide include:
- Assessing and determining the cause of the wound and identifying appropriate treatment options
- Coordinating care by working closely with physicians to ensure the most up-to-date, appropriate care is provided
- Introducing techniques to prevent bedsores and other wounds from developing
- Educating families, patients and nursing staff about strategies to optimize wound healing
Patients who undergo ostomy surgery, whether temporary or permanent, require intensive, physical and emotional care as well as continued support to return to their normal lives.
Ostomy services we provide include:
- Evaluating and recommending pouching systems that provide containment and security for individual ostomates
- Developing individual rehabilitation plans that help patients return to a productive lifestyle
- Assisting in selecting pre-operative stoma sites to ensure post-operative independence
- Offering patients and families education and care
- Consulting with patients on a range of issues important to them
For more information or to ask for a wound care consultation or ostomy assistance, please call (605) 696-8888.