Healing Chronic Wounds
Chronic wounds caused by diabetes, pressure ulcers, trauma or other conditions affect three to five million people in the US each year. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine program at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center's helps people with chronic wounds. The staff who work in the treatment program understand the underlying conditions that cause acute and chronic wounds, including diabetes, poor circulation and infection.
Wound Care Therapies
The therapies we offer include:
- Aggressive wound care therapy
- Specialty dressings
- Compression therapy
- Growth factors
- Bio-engineered tissue products
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (see below)
Physician referrals or special orders are not required for treatment.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Explained
Among the services offered in the Wound Care program is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). In this procedure, a patient relaxes inside a pressurized chamber that is filled with 100 percent oxygen. Breathing pure, pressurized oxygen delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream and the wound, accelerating the healing process. Wounds receiving HBOT have a much higher success of healing and can potentially prevent amputation.
Center of Distinction
In 2015, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center was given a "Center of Distinction" award by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of benchmarking data and guidance on wound healing. St. Mary's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center achieved "outstanding clinical outcomes" for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center is one of 635 centers in the Healogics network.