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By: Gina W.
Grandma's Angel
"Grandma" and her daughter kept property that belonged to my sister. even after repeated attempts to have it returned. I was sure it was just a mix up, but after 2 months and 7 attempts by phone (long distance) to get the items returned by mail I gave up. At one point the daughter agreed to send the package out the next day and I told her I'd be happy to reimburse for the cost. Here's the thing: If you can't trust these people to complete a simple task....how can you trust them to care for your loved ones?
By: arcvet
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Great Patient care starts with the nursing staff and includes every departments ( maintenance, food service and recreational therapy).The volunteers are a great help both in-patients and out-patients.Very one is friendly and caring.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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