The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center offers an individualized plan for each patient, because each person and each case is unique. Patients and their physicians seek our services because that's specifically what we do - help people heal faster to feel better.
Often, patients who have certain medical conditions, like diabetes, trauma or autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, require specialized help in healing. We work on treating the wound, but we also pay special attention to the cause and work with the patient to prevent future healing problems. This includes setting up consultations with physical and occupational therapists, pain management specialists, diabetes educators, pedorthists, orthotists, dietitians, behavioral health professionals, home health nurses and more. Through this comprehensive team, patients and their families can learn more about caring for the wound at home, how they can help, and also get support in coping with issues of wound management, like chronic illness and special care needs.
Our physicians and nurse practitioners work closely with each referring physician while managing the treatment of a patient's wound. After a plan of care is developed, referring physicians will receive information on the course of treatment and additional information to make sure that care is connected and thorough. Our staff is available to talk with patients and their families about the plan of care and answer any questions they might have.
Some equipment and medical supplies are available to help patients and families manage wounds at home through Visiting Nurse Service Equipment and Supplies, either at their store conveniently located in the Main Lobby at Cleveland Clinic Akron General or by home delivery.
The Wound Center Team
Our wound care physicians, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses and specialists, work together to diagnose and initiate a course of treatment that promotes better healing for hard-to-treat wounds for patients who may already be admitted to the hospital or on an outpatient basis.
Depending on the patient's needs, treatment will be coordinated by a physician from one of the following specialties:
Assessment and intervention by the Wound Center dermatologist may focus on, but is not limited, to the following:
- Apligraf® or Dermagraft (human skin equivalent) or OasisTM
- Biopsies as appropriate
- Cellulitis with ulcerations
- Wounds associated with autoimmune disorders (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease)
- Pyoderma gangrenosum
- Vasculitic ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers and dermatitis
- CREST Syndrome
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Assessment and intervention by Wound Center foot and ankle orthopedists may focus on, but is not limited to, the following:
- Callus debridement
- Charcot foot deformities
- Neuropathic foot ulcer
- Off-loading and shoe wear
- Limb salvage
Assessment and intervention by the Wound Center plastic surgeon may focus on, but is not limited to, the following:
- Post-surgical wound dehiscence
- Pressure ulcers
- Skin flaps and grafts
- Wounds secondary to trauma
Assessment and intervention by the Wound Center vascular surgeon may focus on, but is not limited, to the following:
- Arterial insufficiency ulcers
- Wounds related to peripheral vascular disease
- Reperfusion surgery
- Varicose veins with ulcers
Specially trained nurses at the Foot and Nail Care Prevention Clinic provide assessment and treatment for these basic foot and toenail issues:
Foot and Toenail Care
- Foot assessment
- Toenail clipping
- Toenail debridement
- Callus care
- Hypertrophic nails
- Health promotion through education
Our registered, advanced practice, Certified Wound Care (CWCN) and Certified Ostomy Care (COCN) nurses play an important role in the diagnosis of common issues, patient education and care planning for comprehensive treatment of wounds. All advanced practice nurses have a graduate degree and national and state certifications. Specially trained Certified Ostomy Care Nurses (COCN) are available to assist and educate patients in caring for an ostomy, a surgically made opening in the abdomen (created to relive body waste).
Comprehensive Care for Hard-to-Heal Wounds
Hard-to-heal and painful wounds need special attention. For people with chronic, painful wounds, physicians may initiate a referral to the Pain Management team. Patients can be seen during their Wound Center appointment, when needed, or during additional pain clinic hours at the Medical Center.
Wound Center physicians and nurses work with specialists, other Akron General departments and outside organizations, as necessary, to create a care plan, which may include rehabilitation, counseling and home health care.
Other departments, which may be involved in care:
Center for Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pedorthists and orthotists are available at the Wound Center to help fit patients with temporary and permanent footwear, construct ankle or foot orthoses and modify shoes to help relieve pressure helping to heal wounds and eliminate future potential wounds.