Center for Wound Healing/HBO
Every year approximately seven million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers.
Breathing New Life into Wound Care
Dealing with a wound can be personally frustrating, often hindering your ability to perform simple daily activities, and can possibly lead to more serious, life-changing conditions.
The Center for Wound Healing at Bayshore Medical Center, an outpatient wound management program, provides a larger and more modern healing environment that includes hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment to better meet the needs of patients suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds. Lauding a wound healing rate consistently over 95%, the expert medical practitioners at the Center for Wound Healing at Bayshore provide treatment and care that not only heals wounds – it heals lives.
Indications for wounds treated at the Center for Wound Healing at Bayshore include:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Arterial/ischemic wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Aytpical inflammatory/vasculitic wounds
- Post-surgical wounds
- Radiation soft-tissue injuries and complications
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Traumatic wounds
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is beneficial for many types of chronic wounds. Patients breathe 100% oxygen at up to two and half time the atmospheric pressure. Oxygen levels rise and are carried into the plasma and tissues surrounding the wound. Chronic osteomyelitis, diabetic wounds, ischemic wounds, and late radiation injury are some common wounds that can benefit from HBO treatment.
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 three to four weeks. 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 or not treated timely or properly, wounds may become infected, and non-healing wounds could lead to severe disability 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 out for include:
- Wounds that have not shown improvement in three to four weeks (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
- Sores accompanied by pain, redness, swelling, foul odor, or change in color
- Surgical wounds that have become infected
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