Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
||CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Wound & Hyperbaric Center has become the first in the state to receive the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) National Accreditation. The Wound Center was evaluated based on patient care, safety, education and a physical evaluation of the facility.
The professional staff of the Wound and Hyperbaric Center provides specialized, comprehensive therapy to assist in healing problematic wounds. We work with patients' regular physicians to ensure continuity of medical care.
A Referral Form to the Wound and Hyperbaric Center is available. Click here to download the form or call (505) 913-3180
Dealing With Problem Wounds
Nearly six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. There are many different types of wounds. Some are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders. Other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds. It can be very frustrating and time consuming to heal these wounds.
The Center utilizes the most up-to-date approaches to would healing and advances in wound care. Our goal is to heal your wound, prevent limb amputation, promote early recovery, prevent increased hospitalization, and avoid prolonged and/or permanent disability. The outpatient Wound and Hyperbaric Center is an extension of the overall wound care program at CHRISTUS St. Vincent. Patients receiving inpatient wound care are transferred to the outpatient component by inpatient wound care nurses, hospitalists, case managers, as well as patients' primary care physicians.
A Team of Wound Care Specialists
The CHRISTUS St. Vincent Wound & Hyperbaric Center is designed to complement your physician's services and is committed to the treatment of difficult, non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals that includes:
- Physicians focused specifically on wound management
- Nurses trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
Wound Treatment Program
Patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and underlying problems causing the wound. Next, a program specifically tailored to the patient's needs is initiated based on the most effective treatment options. Treatment may include:
- Infectious disease management
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nutritional management
- Physical therapy
- Diabetic education
- Vascular evaluation
- Nuclear medicine
- Laboratory evaluation
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, patients visit the Center on a regular basis for wound care. Instruction is given on how to administer wound care at home between visits and how to protect the wound from further complications. Patients are the most important part of the healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions clearly are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Though we want to know who your physicians are, a physician referral is not necessary.
Please contact a member of our staff with any questions regarding treatment.
Address a Growing Problem Using Evidence-Based Medicine
There is a tremendous need for wound care treatment. Each year, approximately 6 million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions, with as many as 1.8 million new cases . Consider these statistics:
- 18.2 million Americans (6.3% of the population have diabetes)
- 18.3% of people over age 60 have diabetes
- 15% of those with diabetics will develop chronic wounds
- Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of amputation
- Approximately 82,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year
There is hope. Studies show that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and the length of hospital stays.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an important therapy option in the treatment of non-healing wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to help in treating:
- Select problem wounds
- Radiation tissue damage
- Crush injuries
- Compromised skin grafts, flaps and replants
- Acute traumatic ischemia
- Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremity
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Refractory osteomyelitis
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the systemic delivery of oxygen to patients placed in a chamber at two to three times atmospheric pressure. While in the chamber, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen for 90 to 120 minutes. This helps accelerate the healing process.
The effects of increased oxygen tension include:
- Vasoconstriction and the reduction of edema in the area of trauma for crush injuries
- Increase in oxygen diffusion distance from functioning capillaries in the hypoperfused wounds
- Stimulation of neovascularization in ischemic tissues
- Support of leukocytic oxidative bacteria killing as an adjunct to antibiotics and wound care