Wound Consultants of South Texas LLC, is dedicated to the management of chronic wounds. Our goal is to empower the clinician, facility staff with the best possible well researched products, therapies and modalities available in the market today. Our standing mission is to provide:
.Excellent clinical Support
.Evidence based medicine
.Standards of care
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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a widely used advanced wound treatment technique. The therapy is performed by applying controlled sub-atmospheric pressure to the local wound environment using a sealed wound dressing connected to a vacuum pump. WCST offers NPWT systems designed to help health care professionals manage the clinical needs of their patients. Along with user friendly devices, WCST NPWT makes it easy to provide customized patient solutions that address individual needs.
Allografts & Xenografts
WHAT ARE BIOLOGIC SCAFFOLDS?
An allograft or xenograft is a biologic scaffold, which is a
mammalian extracellular matrix (ECM) composed of laminin,
fibrinectin, elastin, and collagen. An allograft is tissue transplanted between genetically nonidentical individuals of the same species.
A xenograft is tissue transferred from one species to another
species. Key differences between allografts and xenografts are
tissue source, species of origin, and methods of processing.
Biologic scaffolds have been developed for use as supportive
material in the surgical setting in an effort to overcome the problems associated with synthetic materials.
Synthetic mesh materials for significant abdominal wall repair are notable in their ability to achieve tension-free repair.
However, the incidences of seroma/ hematoma, fistula formation, skin erosion, infection, and pain in patients with synthetic materials seem to outnumber those with
Molecular Laboratory Diagnostic
With molecular diagnostics offered by Wound Consultants of South Texas Physicians are able to know exactly which micro-organisms are present in any given wound. Once the pathogenic organisms are identified, medications can be selected and ratios adjusted to specifically address the individual wound bed, thereby allowing for a precise treatment that ultimately expedites healing -- 2 to 5 times faster in most cases.
These specifically developed treatments are often referred to as Personalized Medicine. Furthermore, most insurance companies cover our services.
The PathoGenius® Advantage in Wound Management
The dramatic advantages PathoGenius® offers over traditional culture based analysis have been clearly cited in our published work. The following are some of the findings:
• 99% of chronic wounds are polymicrobial, with high abundance levels.
- This means that there are almost always many different organisms present in a wound contributing to the infected state of a wound bed. The challenge here is that many of these microorganisms are very different from each other, and require special attention.
• Less than 5% of known wound microbes can be grown using traditional culture techniques
- This means that the majority of the microbes (over 95%) contributing to the community of organisms within the biofilm allowing the wound to persist will NOT be detected using traditional culture techniques.
- The limitations of traditional culture techniques lead to increased treatment cost through longer treatment times, more invasive medical interventions, and a higher incidence of progressed complications.
- Most importantly, this leads to increased pain and suffering.
• PathoGenius® empowers the physician to treat the bioburden with DNA level certainty.
• The microbial Bioburden is a significant barrier for all chronic wounds, regardless of etiology
• As a universal barrier, we must make it a universal strategy to utilize molecular diagnostics to maximize healing outcomes.
The selection of specialty dressings used for chronic wounds currently available to medical professionals is broad, with several options to choose from in treating your patients. But by evaluating an individual wound’s needs, it can be relatively easy to find the right approach with the right dressing, whether that means using an absorbent dressing to control moisture or odor, or using bandages specifically designed for compression therapy.
Every chronic wound is a new challenge, so before deciding on a dressing solution, consider the concerns that need to be addressed:
When addressing the needs of any individual chronic wound, you can simplify the array of specialty dressings down into a handful of broader categories based on their wound healing benefits:
Absorptive and Moisture Control Dressings .
Collagen and Silicone Dressings
Compression Bandages and Other Wound Dressing Options
Every wound is a unique problem to solve, and you may find that you need one, or several of the above listed dressings to properly deal with any given injury.
Browse Advanced Tissue’s product selection of specialty dressings used for chronic wounds and contact a customer Representative if you have any questions.
Understanding Microbiology of Wounds
From a microbiological perspective, the primary function of normal, intact skin is to control microbial populations that live on the skin surface and to prevent underlying tissue from becoming colonized and invaded by potential pathogens.
Exposure of subcutaneous tissue following a loss of skin integrity (i.e., a wound) provides a moist, warm, and nutritious environment that is conducive to microbial colonization and proliferation.
However, the abundance and diversity of microorganisms in any wound will be influenced by factors such as wound type, depth, location, and quality, the level of tissue perfusion, and the antimicrobial efficacy of the host immune response.
Whereas the microflora associated with clean, surgical wounds would be expected to be minimal, the presence of foreign material and devitalized tissue in a traumatic wound is likely to facilitate microbial proliferation unless early prophylactic antibiotic treatment and surgical debridement is implemented .
Since wound colonization is most frequently polymicrobial, involving numerous microorganisms that are potentially pathogenic, any wound is at some risk of becoming infected.
In the event of infection, a wound fails to heal, the patient suffers increased trauma, treatment costs rise, and general wound management practices become more resource demanding.