Wound Healing Center
The expert team of specially trained physicians and support staff at St. Dominic’s Wound Center understand that there are many factors that may delay or prevent wounds from healing.
St. Dominic’s Wound Healing Center is specifically designed to combine wound care with ongoing health care to address other underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. At the request of referring physicians, our staff will do a complete physical exam and review each patient's medical history. This allows us to develop an individualized evaluation and appropriate inpatient or outpatient treatment plan. An important part of our program includes patient and caregiver education on how to care for the wound at home, as well as lifestyle adjustments that will speed the healing process.
For some patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy is an effective technology that supplements other treatments. St. Dominic’s Wound Center is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber which provides patients with 100 percent pure oxygen within a pressurized setting. Breathing pure oxygen increases oxygen levels in the blood stream which promotes wound healing by stimulating new vascular growth and aiding in the preservation of damaged tissue.
Depending on the treatment required, some patients may need only one or two HBO therapy sessions. More serious situations – such as radiation tissue damage-- might require 30 to 40 sessions. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is generally prescribed in conjunction with other treatment such as surgery and medication.
The three most common chronic non-healing wounds:
Pressure ulcers - An area of tissue that is damaged when soft tissue is pressed between a bony area and another surface for an extended period of time.
Diabetic foot ulcers - Diabetes affects many body systems, including the nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and immune system which can make a diabetic person more likely to get a foot infection or wound.
Venous leg wounds - Venous ulcers are caused by vein damage. Arterial disease can also cause wounds on the lower parts of the legs, and are hard to heal because the flow of blood to the wound is reduced.
For more information or to refer your patient to St. Dominic's Wound Healing Center, call (601)200-6060.