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Wound Management

Skin and wound management may require simple or complex prevention and treatment methods. The Home and Community Care Program provides wound treatment at home and in the community for various types of wounds, including: 
  • Acute Wounds (Post Surgery) -  wound assessment, dressing management, drain care and removal, prevention of infection, nutrition information
  • Chronic Wounds (e.g. pressure ulcer) - dressing management, prevention and management of infection, occupational therapy needs
  • Suture/clip removal – removal of sutures or clips that have been used to close a wound
  • Negative pressure wound therapy

To promote client independence, clients, families or caregivers may be instructed on how to provide wound treatment.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Negative pressure wound therapy is a technique used to treat wounds that are susceptible to infection while healing. The therapy involves sealing the wound using a specialized dressing and applying negative pressure through an attached vacuum pump. The vacuum drains infectious fluid from the wound and promotes healing by improving blood flow to the wound area.

Negative pressure wound therapy can take place at home or at the community clinic. A community health nurse usually completes the dressing change but can also teach you to do it for yourself. Dressing changes are usually completed three times a week.

Accessing this Service
Clients can receive wound management services by self referral or through referral from a physician, nurse practitioner or other health professional. Treatments are provided at a community clinic or at home based upon the professional assessment of the individuals needs. 

Contact Us
For more information on wound management, please contact  your local home and community care coordinator:

St. John’s and Surrounding Area– (709) 752-4835
Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas – (709) 759-3354
Rural Avalon – (709) 759-3354 

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Updated Jun 16, 2017