Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care Center
About the Center for Wound Healing
Every year, approximately seven million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers. Dealing with a wound can be personally frustrating, in addition to being restrictive to the performance of daily activities. It can even lead to more serious, life-changing health conditions.
The expert medical practitioners at the Center for Wound Healing at Southern Ocean Medical Center, an outpatient wound management program, provide treatment and care that not only heals wounds – it heals lives. Personal treatment plans are developed for each patient, and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy (certain criteria apply) is one of the specialized treatment options offered to promote healing for the most difficult wounds.
Hear from Our Experts
Some indications for wounds treated at the Center for Wound Healing at Southern Ocean Medical Center include:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Arterial/ischemic wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Aytpical inflammatory/vasculitic wounds
- Post-surgical wounds
- Radiation soft-tissue injuries and complications
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Traumatic wounds
- Minor Burns
What are Chronic & Non-Healing Wounds?
A chronic or non-healing wound is defined as a sore or wound that has not shown improvement from conventional treatments – such as over the counter medications and home remedies – in four weeks.
Common causes of non-healing wounds are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, reaction to radiation therapy, traumatic injury, and immobilization. Additionally non-healing wounds of the feet among people with diabetes are among one of the most common non-healing wounds, and one of the most significant complications of diabetes.
When left untreated wounds may become infected, and non-healing wounds could lead to lower quality of life or even amputation.
When to Seek Treatment
If you are concerned about a wound that may not be healing, seek out a wound care specialist early in order to maximize the chance of completely healing. Some things to look for include:
- Wounds that have not shown improvement in four weeks (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
- Sores accompanied by increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor, or change in color
- Surgical wounds that have become infected
Comprehensive Healing Plan and Treatment Options
Wound healing is a complex process influenced by a number of medical factors. Using a system of thorough diagnostics, customized treatment plans, and regular evaluations of progress, the expert team at the Center for Wound Healing follows the most comprehensive, physician-focused, evidence-based clinical practice, which are the essential steps to healing.
The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health.
Patients are often referred by their primary care physician and based upon the wound location, are assigned to one of the wound panel specialists. An initial evaluation of the wound is then conducted to identify the type of wound and any underlying problems causing the wound. Evaluation includes a complete review of the patient’s medical history, overall health, as well as a vascular assessment (possibly with non-invasive tests), to provide more comprehensive data.
After evaluation, a personalized treatment plan is developed to best meet the needs of the patient. Circulation of blood flow to the wound area, existence of infection, amount of non-viable tissue, and the amount of pain the patient has are all considered when identifying the most effective treatment option.
Advanced treatment options include:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)
- Bio-engineered skin grafting
- Compression therapy
- VAC Therapy
- Wound cleansing and advanced dressing selection
- Vascular and Arterial Workups/Doppler Studies
- Pulse Volume Recordings (PVRs)
- Electric Stimulation
- Advanced wound healing products
Wound size and depth are documented and photographed at the initial visit and then monthly (or when there is a significant change), in order to monitor progress and to provide reports to your physician. Once a treatment plan has been designed, patients will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation.
Partner in Care
Our highly-specialized, multi-disciplinary team of wound care specialists, including board certified surgeons, podiatrists, and wound care certified registered nurses, understand the underlying causes of non-healing wounds and take pride in utilizing a comprehensive healing approach.
Wound care is a team effort that fully involves the patient, and a vital part of treatment protocol is active patient participation. Our specialists educate and motivate patients to be compliant with their specific plan of care to maximize healing between visits, and patients are responsible for following proper home care which includes dressing changes and protecting the wound from further injury.
Environment of Healing
The Center for Wound Healing at Southern Ocean Medical Center provides you and your guests with small touches that can make a big difference, including a television and complimentary coffee in the waiting room and individual flat screen televisions in the hyperbaric chambers. Patients can bring in their own movie on DVD, music on a CD, or watch television while receiving treatment in the hyperbaric chamber. Additionally, as a patient or guest of Southern Ocean Medical Center, you have access to Concierge Care, a complimentary service designed to address non-clinical needs, including information requests, home care services, and more.
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