Brookings Health System

Wound Care

Brookings Health System’s wound care service treats individuals with wounds caused by medical treatments, disease or injuries. 

Types of Wounds Treated

Up close shot of a person getting a hand wound wrappedWith a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:

  • Neuropathic/Diabetic ulcers
  • Arterial/ischemic ulcers
  • Venous disease causing swollen legs and non-healing wounds
  • Wounds of the legs and feet
  • Abdominal wounds
  • Chronic, non-healing wounds
  • Wounds of mixed cause
  • Trauma wounds
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Surgically-treated wounds that fail to heal
  • Diabetes mellitus with foot deformities, which can cause calluses and open wounds
  • Burns
  • Late effects of radiation (i.e., radiation cystitis, proctitis or external wound)
  • Infected wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Compromised flaps or grafts

Wound Care Treatment Plans

Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

  • Infection control
  • Restoration of blood flow
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Offloading
  • Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
  • Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
  • Compression therapy
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Skin graft or flap

What Can Our Wound Care Patients Expect?

Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:

  • Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
  • Take medications as directed
  • Return for your follow-up appointments
  • Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment

Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (605) 696-8068 to learn more about our providers or treatment plans. We’re happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process.

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System Providers:

Katie Jones, CNP

Katie Jones, CNP

  • Primary Care
  • Hospitalist Program
  • Wound Care
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Brookings Hospital
  • The Neighborhoods at Brookview
Nephi Jones, DPM

Nephi Jones, DPM

  • Podiatry
  • Wound Care
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Wound Center
Tonya Buchholz, CNP

Tonya Buchholz, CNP

  • Aesthetic Medicine
  • Wound Care
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Outreach Clinic
  • Wound Center