Wound Care (2)

Wound Care at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is normally provided by the hospital’s Physical Therapy department. Wound care is the monitoring and treatment of wounds (a type of injury where the skin is torn, cut or punctured) resulting from surgery or accidents. Some wounds don’t want to heal properly and require specialized care. There are many reasons why this happens, and in facilitating the optimal care for those who suffers with wounds, the PT department staff coordinates patient care plans with all involved medical professionals. The medical team works together to determine the root cause of the resistance to healing and evaluates any underlying conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation, lifestyle habits that may inhibit the natural healing process, infections, nutritional deficiencies, physical disabilities, a suppressed immune system, or the effects of chemotherapy or radiation. Inadequate blood supply is one of the most significant factors and often occurs in diabetes. Inefficient oxygen supply and not enough removal of wastes from the body can also contribute to wounds that won’t heal properly. Wounds in the lower extremities, are also at risk for diabetics.

The staff of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is committed to providing optimal care with dignity and respect. Encompassing a patient’s physical and emotional well being is an integral part of the healing process. Providing wellness and prevention education is essential in providing treatment.

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Wound Management

SMRMC’s Wound Management and Hyperbaric Center provides a specialized, comprehensive course of therapy to assist in the treatment of difficult, 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. At the Center we utilize the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care. During your course of treatment, our Center works with your regular physician to compliment his/her services and assure complete continuity of all your medical care.

The Center is made up of a team of professionals that include:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management.
  • Certified Wound Care Nurse.
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies.
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing.

A program specifically tailored to each individual patient’s needs is initiated based on the most effective treatment options. Your treatment may include:

  • Infectious Disease Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vascular Evaluation
  • Laboratory Evaluation
  • Nutritional Management
  • Pain Management
  • Diabetic Education
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Debridement
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation. Therapy is administered daily on an outpatient basis and the number of therapies you receive will depend on your diagnosis. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or videos, simply relax or even sleep. Members of our Hyperbaric Team are all educated, experienced in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
  • Acute traumatic injury