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Wound care

The Shannon Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is devoted to providing state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine for chronic wounds. There are a variety of reasons that a wound may not heal. It is estimated that up to 7 million people in America have chronic wounds. Our team of wound care specialists includes physicians, technicians and nurses trained in chronic wounds.

Each inpatient wound care consult will be:

  • Evaluated by the wound care physician and nurse to establish a plan of care.
  • Followed by the wound care nurse and seen at least weekly by the physician.
  • Documented with photos at the time of initial evaluation.

A detailed description and plan of care will be outlined in the consult note and the wound care physician will assist in arranging additional consults needed during the inpatient stay or at discharge. Each consult will be recommended for follow-up care at the Shannon Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine for continuity of care, as appropriate.

Some of the indicators for wound therapy are:

  • Ischemic ulcers.
  • Diabetic ulcers.
  • Pressure ulcers.
  • Neuropathic ulcers.
  • Surgical wounds.
  • Venous insufficiency.
  • Vasculitis.
  • Traumatic wounds.
  • Peristomal skin irritations.
  • Other chronic, nonhealing wounds.

The center utilizes a combination of the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices, including:

  • Wound dressing.
  • Debridement.
  • Compression therapy.
  • Noninvasive vascular assessment.
  • Prescriptive growth factors.
  • Edema management.
  • Bio-engineered skin grafting.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an adjunctive therapy in which the patient breathes 100 percent 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 tissue. The ultimate goal is that the body's natural wound healing mechanisms are able to function more efficiently. Approximately 18 percent of wound care patients may require HBOT.

If you are dealing with a wound that will not heal, please ask your doctor how the center can help. Or contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Transcutaneous oximetry

Transcutaneous oximetry (TCOMS) aids in vascular evaluation/small vessel oxygenation, beneficial in determining a wound's ability to heal. TCOMS may also aid in determining appropriate amputation level, if needed.

Negative pressure wound therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy uses device placement and management on select wounds to aid in healing.

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