Wound Care Specialist in Santee, CA
Are you in need of a wound care specialist? Come to AFC Urgent Care we offer comprehensive treatments for your wounds. Our kind and caring staff can help you get back to your daily activities. Call today for more information.
Wounds are a common infliction and always require medical attention, whether it be at home or at a clinic. Treatment can range from a simple disinfection and bandaging, to a serious debridement and dressing. Either way, wounds all need to be treated accordingly. If you are unsure about the severity of your wound, come to AFC Urgent Care today!
Does urgent care treat wounds?
Some cuts are serious enough to require hospital care. If you have one of these wounds, go to the ER immediately:
- Deep gaping wound
- Cut spurting bright red arterial blood
- Wound with jagged or torn edges
- Deep cut on a joint
- Cut that exposes veins, muscles, subcutaneous fat or bone
- Cut that continues to bleed profusely after ten minutes of direct pressure
- Deep or long facial cut
- Cut that contains an embedded object
- Deep wound on hands or fingers
- Deep human or animal bite
- Scalp cut
For cuts that need medical attention but are not life-threatening, we clean and stitch these types of wounds at AFC Urgent Care:
- Straight cuts with sides you can comfortably push together
- Shallow facial cuts
- Cuts and abrasions with embedded dirt
- Human or animal bites that aren't excessively deep
- Cuts that aren't deep but were caused by rusty or dirty objects
What does a wound care clinic do?
Every person experiences minor cuts and scrapes throughout their life. Wound care can generally be done at home on your own with basic first aid supplies in these cases. But it can be a fine line between a wound that's inconsequential and a serious wound that requires medical attention. Consider these factors when seeking medical attention:
Wound depth: Wounds that are more than 1/4-inch deep typically require stitches, necessitating a trip to a health care facility. Additionally, if there's muscle or fat protruding from the wound or if it has jagged edges, you should seek medical attention. A clinician may suggest an advanced wound dressing, to aid in the healing process.
Wound infection: It's important to keep an eye out for signs of infection, whether your wound is the cause of surgery or injury. You may have an infection and should see a clinician immediately if you experience pain, redness, swelling, warmth or unusual drainage.
Source of wound: You should seek medical attention due to risk of disease transmission if the wound was caused by an animal or human bite.
Bleeding: More severe ones may not stop bleeding on their own, while minor cuts usually do. You should seek medical assistance if you can't get the bleeding to stop after applying continuous pressure for approximately 20 minutes.
Tetanus: People should get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Even if you have had one within that time frame, if your wound is particularly dirty or deep or if your shot was more than five years ago, you may need to see a specialist for an additional booster.
What type of doctor treats wound care?
Surprisingly, doctors who treat wound care do not have a special name, and are simply referred to as wound care specialists. They are doctors who specialize in the treatment of wounds, and can diagnose and care for your wound better than any other physician.
If you or someone you know has recently sustained a wound, don't hesitate to call us today! At AFC Urgent Care, we have experts trained in treating, dressing and preventing wounds, and can help you with all of your wound care needs! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!