Comprehensive Wound Care Center Overview
Welcome to Mary Rutan Hospital Wound Care Center. We’re dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss and optimizing outcomes for our patients.
If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit the wound center for an evaluation.
A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can become a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
Types of Wounds Treated
As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds, including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing, surgical wounds
- Arterial/ischemic ulcers
- Late effects of radiation (i.e., radiation cystitis, proctitis or external wound)
- Traumatic wounds
- Infected wounds
- Crush injuries
- Compromised flaps or grafts
Our Multidisciplinary Wound Care Specialists
Our wound healing center is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.
Our team is dedicated to providing the most advanced healing options to patients, allowing them to recover as quickly and completely as possible.
As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds – even those that have not responded to other treatments.
Wound Care Treatment Plans
Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.
Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the wound's underlying cause. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:
- Infection control
- Restoration of blood flow
- Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
- Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
- Compression therapy
- Foot reconstruction
- Skin graft or flap
Our Wound Center Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the atmosphere's normal pressure. This “hyperbaric” (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
Patients typically receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy five days a week for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes about two hours and is quite comfortable for most patients.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used as part of the treatment for certain conditions,
including the following:
- Slow to heal or non-healing wounds
- Diabetic foot ulcers or leg ulcers
- Non-healing skin grafts or surgical flaps
- Surgical wounds that have opened
- Symptoms occurring on or around a point of radiation (such as pain, rectal or bladder bleeding)
- Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Crush injuries
- Certain types of sudden hearing loss
- Sudden vision loss
- Thermal burns