Wound Care

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

Proper wound care is crucial to prevent serious infections and scarring. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, evaluates and treats mild to severe wounds to enhance healing. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine clinic offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care is the medical evaluation and treatment of wounds and other injuries. At Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle treats the following wounds.

  • Lacerations
  • Punctures
  • Burns
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Cellulitis
  • Chronic wounds
  • Pressure injuries
  • Radiation wounds
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Extremity wounds with edema

The type of wound care you require depends on the severity of the wound. Non-healing wounds are those that heal slower than usual, continue to drain or bleed, or become infected. Signs of an infection include redness, swelling, pus, warmth, a fever, and pain.

If you sustain a serious, life-threatening injury, call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

What should I expect during wound treatment?

When you arrive at Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle asks questions about your injury and symptoms and evaluates your wound. She cleans the area and may apply a topical medication to prevent infection. She numbs the area as needed before applying skin glue, stitches, or staples.

Michelle prescribes antibiotics when necessary to prevent or clear up an infection. She may wrap your wound in gauze or bandages to keep it clean while it heals. Wound care is highly individualized based on the type and severity of your injury.

How should I care for wounds at home?

After Michelle cares for your wound, she gives you home-care instructions, which might include:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Keep your wound clean
  • Keep the wound wrapped in sterile dressings
  • Apply ice to the area as needed
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary
  • Avoid putting pressure on the wound

Schedule an appointment with Michelle if your wound opens back up, isn't healing, or shows signs of an infection.

How can I prevent wounds and infections?

There’s no surefire way to prevent wounds, as accidents happen from time to time. However, there are several ways to lower your risk of getting injured or experiencing an infection from a wound:

  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Wear soft, comfortable shoes
  • Use caution with sharp objects
  • Wear protective equipment when you play sports
  • Keep your skin moist to prevent cracking
  • Seek medical attention at the first sign of infection

For non-life-threatening injuries or chronic wound care, Healthworx Family Clinic is here for you. Book an appointment by phone or use the online scheduler today.