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Wound Care For Healthcare Providers

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics at Southern Regional

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics partners with physicians and primary care providers to help care for patients with problem wounds.

We want you to think of our Center as an extension of your practice. You maintain the care of your patient's underlying disease and continue to provide for your patient's overall care. The Center will treat only the wound.

Patients Remain In Your Care

When you refer a patient, the patient meets with our staff for a consultation, including an examination and medical history evaluation. Our wound care team will establish a treatment plan for your patient.

Information regarding the patient's progress, along with updated photos of the wound, will be submitted to you on an ongoing basis.

You will remain an active member of the wound care management team and the patient remains under your care.

Which Patients Would Benefit?

Any patient with a wound that has not started to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may be a candidate for the Center for Wound Care.

Some of the indications for wound therapy are:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Burns
  • Peristomal skin irritations
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

Specializing in Advanced Wound Care

The coordinated use of a variety of clinical treatments, debridement, medicines, dressings and support services to treat chronic wounds has proven highly effective in facilitating the healing process.

The Center utilizes the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices to create individual treatment plans, including:

  • Wound dressings
  • Debridement
  • Compression therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Prescriptive growth factors
  • Bio-engineered skin grafting
  • Edema management
  • Non-invasive vascular assessment

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an adjunctive therapy in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. While breathing pure oxygen, the patient's blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissues.

The ultimate result is that the body's natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently. Around 18% of wound care patients treated may require HBOT.

The following is a list of approved indications for HBOT which are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs and other insurance carriers:

  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Actinomycosis
  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities
  • Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Other approved indications (emergent) are only treated in hyperbaric facilities staffed and equipped to provide emergency services on a 24-hour basis.

Whole Body Approach

Patient care at the Center for Wound Care focuses on a whole body approach to wound healing including:

  • Nutritional assessment and counseling
  • Diabetic education
  • Patient and caregiver counseling
  • Pain management
  • Special needs for pressure relief including beds, seat cushions and footwear

For more information, please call 770-897-7810 | 770-996-7811 Fax