Tests & Screenings
From measuring your oxygen and blood flow to checking the health of your veins, pinpointing the source of your non-healing wound is one of the first steps in getting proper treatment. At Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center we offer a variety of wound tests and screenings to help reach the right diagnosis. Among them are:
TCOM (Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring)
In this typically short and painless procedure, a doctor places adhesive sensors on the skin to read the oxygen level in the tissue beneath the skin. The test indirectly measures blood flow, which is important in order for wounds to heal.
ABI (Ankle brachial index)
This quick, non-invasive test measures your risk of PAD (peripheral artery disease). It measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while you're at rest and, in some cases, while you are exercising.
This blood test may be ordered if you have a slow-healing wound to determine if you have high blood glucose (hyperglycemia, perhaps diabetes). There are several types of glucose tests, some of which require a period of fasting (not eating) before the test.
Vital sign screening
A nurse may record your vital signs including temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration and pain to assist in evaluating the functioning of your circulatory and other systems. This can help determine changes in your body functions over time and identify conditions such as an infection.
Let Fountain Valley connect you with a physician
Call (888) 226-3744 or use our Find A Physician tool
to be connected to a wound care specialist who can help you. You can also read more about various types of wounds in our Health Library