Most wounds heal properly, but others may require far more than a bandage or a few stitches. Non-healing wounds call for specialized medical care, which is precisely what you’ll find at Chilton Hospital’s Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center.
An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from chronic or traumatic non-healing wounds, such as those caused by diabetes, poor circulation, pressure ulcers, vascular disease and burns. Left untreated, these wounds can pose serious health risks and lead to amputations and life-threatening infections. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional help. How do you know when it’s necessary? If a wound does not show significant improvement within four to six weeks, you may need advanced care. Other possible signs of a non-healing wound include:
- warmth or pain around the wound
- increased drainage or drainage with odor
Chilton’s Wound Center offers a full spectrum of services aimed at rapidly treating the wound, reducing complications and promoting recovery. Our unique program highlights a multi-disciplinary team of experts, including doctors and nurses who are certified in hyperbaric therapy, along with the newest, most innovative techniques in wound care. Since 2007, the center has grown to accommodate about 450 visits each month. Furthermore, we boast an outstanding track record of success. Chilton’s Wound Center has consistently achieved national recognition for outstanding outcomes and patient satisfaction. In fact, we’ve beaten the national healing rate average since 1999.
Overview of Services
Your experience at the WoundCenter begins with a thorough evaluation by our clinical specialists, followed by an individualized plan of care designed to relieve pressure, control pain and odor, enhance tissue growth, preserve function and ultimately heal the wound. At the same time, we address the underlying cause of the wound to minimize the chance of recurrence.
Recently, we purchased state-of-the-art equipment to help us test diabetic patients, who represent nearly half of those we serve. This machine, called a transcutaneous monitoring system (TCOM), provides valuable information about oxygen flow to the legs and feet, replacing more invasive diagnostic procedures and directing the best possible course of treatment.
Your progress is closely monitored during each visit to assess healing and the results of your therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
As a central component of our program, the Wound Center offers Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy – an advanced, non-invasive method of accelerating the healing process. Often used in conjunction with other wound-healing strategies, it works by enclosing patients in a transparent chamber that allows them to breathe 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure. This raises the concentration of oxygen in the blood, which speeds cell repair and ultimately heals the wound.
HBO Therapy is currently used to treat more than 35 different kinds of wounds and medical conditions, such as carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning, decompression sickness, circulatory problems, thermal burns and other ailments. At Chilton Hospital, we use the Seachrist 3600E model, which is capable of supporting up to 700 lbs. This enables us to treat larger patients as well as those who suffer from claustrophobia. Furthermore, all sessions are closely monitored by hyperbaric-trained physicians and registered nurses.
Want to learn more about HBO Therapy? Find answers to frequently asked questions here, or read some patient success stories.
For more information about Chilton’s Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, or to schedule an appointment, call (973) 831-5303.