Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy

  • Posted on: Jul 13 2015

The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center offers a comprehensive wound care program to manage chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions. The advanced Center houses two (2) new hyperbaric chambers, the only rural hospital in northeastern Arizona to offer this service.

The Center is designed to complement the services offered by patients’ primary care and other referring physicians.In fact, we should think of it an extension of a physician’s practice. Patients will receive outstanding, professional, and courteous attention in a timely fashion. We keep the referring and primary care physicians up to date by providing wound care documentation and will always return the patient to the referring physician once the healing is satisfactory. This addition is part of our goal to provide a complete system of medical and professional care to our patients. Summit Healthcare’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is an outpatient, hospital-based program that works in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician. The program operates by appointment. Patients may be referred by a physician, other health care professional, or upon self-referral. During the first visit the wound care physician will complete a history and physical, order diagnostic tests, if indicated, and determine a plan of care following evidence-based guidelines. Treatment will focus on the causation of the wound, co-existing conditions that impact wound healing and topical wound management.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) is a safe and evidence-based adjunctive treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient’s wound site for faster healing.  Essentially, HBO2 helps heal the wound from the inside out.  This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, boost the effectiveness of antibiotics and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, late-stage radiation injury, and brown recluse spider bites.

Patients in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Homes can also receive Outpatient Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

What types of Wounds can Summit Healthcare’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center treat?

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vaculitis
  • Burns
  • Peristomal skin irritations
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

What types of treatments are offered for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

  • Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Actinomycosis
  • Crush injury
  • Progressive necrotizing infection
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency

Services offered include:

  • Wound consultation/evaluation, diagnostic and ongoing assessments and treatment
  • Non-invasive vascular studies
  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Cellular and tissue based skin substitute products
  • Compression therapy
  • Treatment of wound infections
  • Patient and family education
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Debridement
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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