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Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine

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Baptist Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine offers comprehensive services to heal problem wounds. Our professional clinical staff works with a broad spectrum of patients providing multidisciplinary services including:

  • Management of difficult-to-heal acute and chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, wound infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and radiation tissue and bone injuries
  • Specialized wound dressings
  • Total contact casting
  • Negative pressure therapy
  • Physician monitored hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nutrition counseling, education, prevention

Baptist Advanced Wound Center offers specialized equipment, technology and highly trained staff for the management of complex problem wounds. Examples include:

  • Diabetic foot or leg ulcers
  • Lower leg ulcers due to poor circulation
  • Chronic soft tissue infections
  • Chronic bone infections
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Skin grafts/flaps
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Conditions which could lead to amputation if not aggressively treated and properly managed

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Our Location

Baptist Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is located on the lower lobby level of the Medical Arts East building. Convenient parking is available in our parking garage, with entrance on Carlisle Street. Park on the first level of the garage, enter through the Lobby and proceed to Outpatient Registration for your appointment. (Click on the map to see a larger image.)

About Wound Care

Wound Symptoms & Causes

A chronic, non-healing wound is one that does not heal in six to eight weeks with traditional wound care. More than 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds, which can cause serious infections, illness and loss of a limb. To ensure your health and safety, you should learn to recognize the causes and symptoms of non-healing wounds.

Conditions that can affect wound healing:

  • Anemia
  • Bowel disorders
  • Chronic Osteomyelitis
  • Circulation or clotting disorders, often caused by arteriosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Malnourishment
  • Obesity
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Venous Insufficiency

Other causes of non-healing wounds include a past or current history of smoking, steroid use, radiation therapy, cancer or infection, lying in one position for too long or a family history of non-healing wounds.

When does a wound become a chronic, non-healing wound? Look for these signs:

  • Persistent, increased pain in the area of the wound
  • Discoloration of the wound near the edges of the wound – often a dark or bluish color
  • Increased drainage from the wound
  • Redness or swelling around or spreading away from the wound
  • A foul odor coming from the wound

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Oxygen therapy is based on the fact that all human cells, tissues and organs need oxygen to function, and when there is a lack of oxygen, a number of health problems can occur. Along those lines, when concentrated oxygen is used in therapy for a patient, the goal is to enable cells to utilize the oxygen to begin or speed the healing process.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure, which increases the oxygen levels in body tissue to aid in healing and fighting infeinfection.

Specialists at Baptist use oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds associated with diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, soft-tissue damage from skin grafts and cancer radiation therapy, as well as to help salvage limbs.

Baptist Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine utilizes the latest and most advanced equipment and monoplace chambers. The chamber allows for the patient to watch television, listen to music or sleep during their treatment.  If you have one of the following conditions, Hyperbaric Oxygen might benefit you:

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer
  • Compromised Skin Graft/or Muscle Flap
  • Radiation tissue Damage
  • Chronic Bone Infection
  • Complications from Burns
  • Crush injury
  • Soft Tissue Infection
  • Wound Conditions that could lead to amputation if not aggressively treated and properly managed

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