The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Island Hospital has two oversized hyperbaric oxygen chambers equipped with the latest computer technology that allows technicians to control pressure and temperature, as well as communication and entertainment options for patients.
Using the most advanced wound healing techniques including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we can achieve excellent outcomes in a very high percentage of our patients.
Approximately five million Americans each year suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Wounds may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes. These non-healing wounds occur when the level of oxygen in and around the wound drops below a certain level and your body's normal healing process and ability to fight infection become greatly impaired. Chronic wounds such as these require specialized wound care and sometimes, hyperbaric therapy treatment.
Successful treatment requires highly specialized and closely coordinated care. The wound care and hyperbaric medicine center designs a complete, individualized treatment plan for each patient involving the patient’s family doctor or referring physician.Depending upon the nature of the wound, treatment plans may include:
- Ongoing assessment
- Patient education
- Localized techniques including debridement and whirlpool therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Comprehensive Wound Services
We offer a full range of patient and referring physician services as well as expert evaluation, individual therapy plans and support for each patient.
Our wound care services include:
- Hyperbaric Physician and Patient
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Foot orthotic care and management
- Wound debridement
- Holistic care
- Ongoing patient education
- Nutritional counseling
- Infection management
- Compression therapy
- Pressure off-loading devices support
- On-site xenografting
- Post-traumatic wound management
- Multilayer compression therapy
- Advanced wound dressings (e.g., nanocrystalline silver)
- Noninvasive vascular assessment (e.g., SensiLase)
- Edema prevention and control (e.g., venous compression pump therapy)
Wounds We Treat
We treat a range of acute and chronic wounds:
- Hyperbaric Physician and Patient
- All non-healing problem wounds
- Radiation exposure wounds
- Venous insufficiency/stasis ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Post-traumatic wounds
- Arterial insufficiency ulcers
- Pressure/decubitus ulcers
- Post-operative wound complications
- Rare dermatological cases (e.g., pyoderma gangrenosum, calciphylaxis)
- Fungating cancerous lesions
Benefits of Wound Care Treatment
- Diabetic patients with a lower extremity wound of any duration. Early intervention of diabetic foot ulcers may prevent complications such as infection, hospitalization and amputation.
- Patients who have a wound that has not healed within the expected three- to four-week timeframe for acute wounds. These wounds may be traumatic, postoperative or of unknown etiology.
- Patients with an ostomy or fistula complication, like a leaking ostomy appliance, peristomal skin ulceration or peristomal hernia. Also, patients who require further postoperative ostomy instruction.
- Patients with a pressure ulcer. These patients often require specialized intervention and education on pressure reduction and use of medical devices.
- Patients with high-risk wounds associated with conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency, arterial insufficiency or immunosuppression.
- Patients with neuropathic wounds of any duration.