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Wound and Hyperbaric Care

Treating Injuries and Preventing Further Complications

At East Jefferson General Hospital’s Wound and Hyperbaric Care, an expert team of specially trained physicians, nurses, and clinical support staff is available to address your chronic wound care needs using the latest technology and techniques.

There are many factors that may be delaying or preventing your wound from healing. With this in mind, our wound care team performs a complete history and physical exam which allows us to develop an individualized treatment plan specific to each patient’s needs. The goal of the East Jefferson General Hospital’s Wound and Hyperbaric Care is to significantly increase patients’ wound healing rates and improve patients’ quality of life.

These wounds are usually the result of diabetes, excessive pressure (bedsores), circulatory conditions, trauma, or surgery. The patient’s initial visit includes a comprehensive evaluation, which is used by staff to develop an individualized care plan using the most advanced treatments available. Education is provided throughout the course of treatment to promote rapid healing and prevent recurrence.

Patients may be referred to the Wound and Hyperbaric Care by their providers or they may self-refer.

Our Comprehensive Wound and Hyperbaric Care team works with each referring physician to develop a specialized care plan for treating a variety of problem wounds, some of which include:

  • Wounds that have not healed in several weeks
  • Post radiation tissue injury
  • Diabetes-related foot or ankle ulcers
  • Crush injuries
  • Venous stasis or arterials insufficiency ulcers
  • Wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Gangrene
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

Each type of wound requires a different kind of care. Our healthcare providers will determine the best kind of treatment.

The treatment plan we recommend may include some or a combination of the following:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Laboratory studies
  • X-rays
  • Vascular studies
  • Consult for surgical debridement to remove infected tissue and bone
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Application of specialty dressings or ointments
  • Use of crutches, wheelchairs, or other off-loading techniques
  • Consult for nutritional supplements or counseling
  • Consult for physical therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy operates in conjunction with East Jefferson General Hospital’s existing wound care which provides outpatient services to people with chronic or difficult to heal wounds. Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of concentrated oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has numerous indications, some of which include the treatment of certain diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, necrotizing soft tissue infections, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, and failed skin grafts.

Conditions that may warrant hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:

  • Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Crush injuries
  • Progressive necrotizing fasciitis
  • Failed skin grafts
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Acute arterial embolism or thrombus
  • Actinomycosis
  • Diabetic ulcers
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