Hyperbarics and Wound Care

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Chronic wounds can cause complex medical problems, including pain, loss of function and compromised quality of life. Many wounds heal on their own; however, certain conditions such as diabetes, vascular disease or limited mobility can put patients at risk for complicated slow-healing, non-healing or chronic wounds. Such wounds benefit from the specialized and intensive treatment available at the CaroMont Wound Center. Seeking treatment soon after developing a wound increases the chance that the wound will heal.  Waiting to seek treatment may increase the need for more intensive interventions.

The multi-disciplinary team of experts at CaroMont Wound Center focuses on all aspects of wound care. Our goal is to assist in the healing process and help prevent the recurrence of wounds. Our comprehensive approach aims to heal wounds in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible. Our team of board-certified physicians, certified wound and ostomy nurses and hyperbaric technologists work closely with patients and their physicians to develop a customized treatment plan.

 

Causes

Accidents, disease or other contributing factors cause wounds, such as:

  • Severe blow from blunt object
  • Contact with sharp object
  • Falls against hard surface
  • Stepping on a sharp object
  • Stab wound
  • Animal/bug bites
  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Radiation (regardless of time since exposure)
  • Diseased arteries
  • Diseased veins

Types of Wounds Treated

  • Foot wounds
  • Leg ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Bone infections
  • Bedsores
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Burns

If you have one of the following conditions, you are at greater risk of acquiring or developing a wound/ulcer:

  • Diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Autoimmune disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, Reynaud’s, Lupus, etc.)
  • Cancer treated with radiation (regardless of time since treatment)
  • Decreased mobility
  • Malnutrition (extreme thinness or obesity)

Symptoms

If your wound is critical, seek emergency assistance right away. If you have any of the following symptoms, contact CaroMont Wound Center:

  • Scrapes and abrasions to deeper skin layers
  • Cuts (Lacerations) through all skin layers
  • When an object enters the skin (puncture)
  • Redness around the wound (infection)
  • Yellowish discharge (infection)

Diagnostic Tests

Before a wound can be assessed, our doctors and staff will need specific information to give a proper diagnosis and may ask for the following:

  • Circumstances of injury
  • Medical history
  • List of current medications
  • Any prior antibiotic use

Treatment

CaroMont Wound Center offers a complete spectrum of wound healing options, including the latest treatments. The medical team will evaluate your wound and discuss with you the most appropriate treatment options to promote healing, including:

  • Cleaning and dressing wounds
  • Stitches
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Medications
  • Wound pain management
  • Infection treatment and control
  • Grafts
  • Surgical debridement (removing dead or infected tissue)

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