The body's healing process is quite complex. Various factors can disrupt the healing process, leaving some people with sores, wounds or infections that will not heal or are very slow to heal.
A sore that does not respond to standard medical care within 30 days is typically considered a “problem” or “chronic” wound. The variety and complexity of non-healing, chronic wounds presents a particular challenge. These wounds often require intervention by specialists who can apply the most technologically advanced treatments and proven protocols to effectively treat chronic wounds.
Meriter–UnityPoint Health is proud to offer the region’s only comprehensive wound care program led by certified wound care providers. Our team has a proven record of success caring for a vast array of wounds, from simple to very complex, with multi-system involvement.
Our patients range from those experiencing common wounds to those dealing with chronic, non-healing wounds that have resisted healing after months or years of traditional treatment.
Risk Factors for Chronic Wounds
Certain conditions and lifestyles can lead to a higher risk for developing non-healing sores, including:
Neuropathy (abnormal sensation)
Treatments or diseases that suppress the immune system
Treatments and Therapies
Wound care involves distinct and specialized knowledge of wound management. During your initial consultation, the cause of your wound will be determined and a treatment course will be discussed with you in detail.
Our proven techniques are applied to help you avoid amputation, reduce incidence of recurrence and return to an active life. Meriter’s Wound Care Center provides a full range of advanced treatments, including:
Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
Advanced wound dressings
Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
Growth factors technologies
Vacuum-assisted closure of wounds
Medical and laboratory tests
Vascular (blood flow) studies
Co-management with a dedicated lymphedema therapist for lymphedema-related wounds
Limb Salvage at Meriter-UnityPoint Health
With proper treatment, limb amputations are typically avoidable. Meriter’s Wound Care specialists consider amputation to be an absolute last resort.
Our highly skilled providers have devoted their education and careers to caring for difficult-to-heal wounds. By emphasizing adequate vascular evaluation, quick intervention when necessary and aggressive wound care, tissue loss and major amputation can generally be prevented.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment
Your treatment will include a comprehensive examination, including wound cultures, vascular studies and measurement of transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcP02). TcP02 allows us to better determine healing potential, evaluate revascularization procedures and assess the severity and progression of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). We will also review your overall health status to create a comprehensive plan for your wound care.
Our wound care specialists frequently collaborate with experts from other areas of medicine, including vascular surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, infectious disease, nutrition, physical therapy, pain management, diabetes care and pedorthic (footwear specialist) consultation.
Our patients are cared for by our fully accredited vascular laboratory and our team of experts. Ifat Kamin, MD, FAPWCA, and Laura E. Brown, MS, PA-C, WCC, treat all wounds, including acute, chronic, post-surgical, post-radiation, reconstructive, burns and other problematic wounds. The goal is to improve their patients’ quality of life by treating the wound and, most importantly, the wound’s underlying cause.
Appointments and Insurance
Meriter’s Wound Care Center accepts patients without a physician referral. However, some insurance plans require a physician referral. Always check with your insurance prior to scheduling.
Meriter–UnityPoint Health serves patients covered by most commercial insurance plans, including: