Wound Care Center®
featuring Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Wound Care Center® provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly gotten better during the course of conventional treatment.
These wounds can cause severe health risks and may result in life-threatening infections, possible amputation and debilitating health problems. With the state-of-the-art treatment available at the Wound Care Center, however, people with slow-healing wounds no longer have to suffer. Our comprehensive approach can heal wounds that have resisted other treatments, and help you avoid loss of limbs, reduce incidence of recurrence, and get your life back.
Our team of physicians, surgeons and nurses evaluates and treats patients with wounds and ulcers related to the following conditions:
- trauma and surgical wounds
- venous insufficiency
- pressure ulcers
- arterial circulation disorders
- collagen vascular disease
In addition to the wound care team, the WCC also offers infectious disease consultations and nutrition support.
Are You a Candidate?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, speak with your physician about our Wound Care Center. You may be a candidate for our outpatient program. If you are, the Wound Care Center will work with you and your doctor to deliver:
- Advanced therapies
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your particular needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your case
- Thorough training for you and your family on caring for the wound at home
- Education materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and other key topics for you and your family
- Ongoing communication so that you and your doctor stay informed and up-to-date on all aspects of your healing.
- In the coming months, the Wound Care Center will be providing treatment through the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (HBO) which is a means of providing additional oxygen to the tissues of your body.
The Wound Care Center uses time-tested and clinically proven treatments for our patients. The same clinical therapies and approaches used at PMC are also used at more than 100 Wound Care Centers across the nation—with outstanding results:
• 95% patient satisfaction rate
• 90% healing rate
• 91% percent limb salvage rate.
These results also mean fewer re-hospitalizations, a reduced likelihood of prolonged or permanent disability, and an improved quality of life.
If You Need Treatment: (FAQ)
• How Do I Get Help from the Wound Care Center?
You may call the Wound Care Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment, call (606) 218-4721 or toll-free at (800) 373-HEAL.
• Does This Mean I Have to Change Doctors?
Not at all. The Wound Care Center works with your personal physician in the same way as we would any medical specialist. We keep your doctor informed on all aspects of your treatment with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your physician.
• Does Insurance Cover Treatment?
Many health plans cover Wound Care Center treatments. We can help you determine what your specific plan covers.
• What Can I Expect at the First Appointment?
The first appointment consists of an in-depth assessment by our wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests and/or additional tests if needed and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please bring your medical records, insurance card, a list of all medications you are taking and a list of allergies you may have to the first appointment.
• What Causes Non-Healing Wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores). People with diabetes are at particular risk. If you have a wound that won’t heal, you are not alone. Approximately 3 million to 5 million Americans experience this condition. The good news is that you no longer have to suffer. The Wound Care Center not only uses among the most advanced therapies available for healing, but it also addresses the underlying cause of the wound—for example, nutrition, lack of exercise, hygiene, ill-fitting shoes—to help eliminate recurrence.
Call the WCC at (606) 218-4721 or toll-free at (800) 373-HEAL for more information on how we can help you. The WCC is located on the 5th floor of the Elliott Building on the hospital's main campus.
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