At Polaris Wound Care, the primary goals of each patient's individualized treatment plan are to relieve pain and speed the healing of the wound. Polaris nurses and staff also work to educate patients and healthcare agents in prevention of venous stasis ulcers and other types of lesions.
Patients at risk for venous stasis ulcers will especially benefit from proper diet, a physician approved exercise plan and other activities that promote healthy blood flow.
The venous system of the legs is made up of the deep venous system in the muscles and the superficial system. Between these is a network of communicating veins that control blood flow between the two. Venous hypertension in the deep veins can restrict blood flow from the superficial veins back to the deep veins.
The result is a build up of fluid in the leg that prevents a healthy flow of blood to the superficial tissue, depriving the tissue of oxygen and nutrients. This lack of blood results in skin cell death and the appearance of venous stasis ulcers. Generally appearing below the knee and above the ankle, venous stasis ulcers are red or brown in color, irregularly shaped with drainage being common.
Venous stasis ulcers are treated primarily with compression to minimize edema or swelling. Two, three and four layer compression dressing as well as leg wraps will work to promote blood flow, in turn accelerating healing of the wound. Periodic elevation of the affected area, above heart level, is advisable to reduce venous pressure. Due to the drainage common in venous stasis ulcers, foam dressings, hydrofibers and alginates may be used to control excess moisture. In some cases debridement agents are used to remove dead skin cells. After the wound is fully healed, Polaris will guide the patient in procedures to help prevent recurrence of the venous stasis ulcer.
Polaris Wound Care
2030 S. Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134