WHAT TO EXPECT
Here’s what you can expect during your first visit, and throughout your treatment plan at NWHI.
Before Your First Wound Care Visit
Make your appointment at the Napa Wound Healing Institute by calling us directly, or ask your primary care physician for a referral. When calling, you will be asked questions specific to your wound and about your general health.
Before your first visit, please take the time to print and fill out our New Patient Packet.
These forms are also available on our Patient Resources page.
During Your First Wound Care Visit
Please remember to bring the following items to your first visit:
- Photo ID
- Insurance Card
- A List of Current Medications
If you HAVE filled out the New Patient Packet:
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment.
If you HAVE NOT filled out the New Patient Packet:
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
When your appointment begins, our team will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.
We may run specialized tests that give us information about your blood flow and oxygen levels in the wound area. This way we can safely determine if you have an infection.
We’ll then work with you, and your personal physician, to help develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Treatment programs usually involve several visits to the Napa Wound Healing Institute. Your progress will be monitored, documented, and adjusted as necessary.
Our Treatment Approach
The Napa Wound Healing Institute works with your personal physician, just like any other medical specialist. We discuss your treatment program with your physician and keep them updated on your progress, unless otherwise instructed. Remember, you will continue to see your primary care physician for other routine medical care.
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully, and watch your progress closely between visits. The work you do at home between appointments is just as important as what happens at the clinic. Any time you (or your family members or caregivers) have questions, our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions! Let us help you get back to doing the things you love.
As your partner in wound healing, we may refer you to other specialty providers for care. This depends on your specific wound. We believe real wound healing requires whole-patient care, so we work with other specialists as-needed, which may include your: