What to Expect From the First Appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program
operates by appointment. Upon referral to St. Luke’s Advanced Wound
Care & Hyperbaric Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination
to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing the
wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine
the cause of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the
wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s
ability to comply with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize
the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound
size and depth are documented at the initial visit and again at each subsequent visit.
Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis.
Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you
should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.