At any given time, almost seven million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Some are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders. Other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at The Villages® Regional Hospital (TVRH) uses the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and remains current in new scientific advances in wound care.
Who needs wound care?
There are a variety of circumstances in which a person may need wound care:
- Wounds caused by circulatory problems (e.g. arterial ulcers)
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers (as a result of improper functioning of valves in the veins usually of the legs)
- Pressure sores (e.g. bed sores)
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Post -radiation wounds
What treatments are available?
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at TVRH uses an interdisciplinary model of care which includes infectious disease management, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education and radiology testing to address total patient health. The Center offers debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and more.
The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven effective in reducing swelling, fighting infection and building new blood vessels to produce healthy tissue. Our Center holds the area's largest individual hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
Partnership for successful healing
Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians with advanced training in wound management, nurses, technicians, and experienced staff to assist with appointments and health insurance processing. Our partnership with Healogics®, the world's largest wound care management company, helps our team deliver excellent evidence-based care to patients while achieving excellent clinical outcomes and high limb salvage rates.
The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at The Villages® Regional Hospital is the recipient of the President's Circle distinction which was given in recognition of the Center's outstanding performance in patient satisfaction and healing rates. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Out of 413 eligible Centers, only 29 were honored with this award nationwide.
For five consecutive years, the Center has been recognized as a Robert A. Warriner III, Center of Excellence, achieving patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch a movie or take a nap during treatment. The pressurized chamber allows the patient to breathe 100 percent oxygen, which increases the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream and helps heal the wound from the inside out. A typical course of treatment involves spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber 5 days per week over a 4- to 6-week period.
This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections; improving circulation; stimulating growth of new blood vessels; and treating osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.
Medicare and most healthcare plans reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for currently accepted indications. Our courteous and professional staff is available to assist you with all of your personal insurance issues.
Preparing for your wound care treatment
Most patients are referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and its underlying causes, the overall health status of the patient, and the patient's ability to comply with needed therapies. A customized treatment plan is developed, and wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit and again at each subsequent visit.
Some of the diagnostic technologies that may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation.
- Radiology (including MRI).
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing.
- Vascular studies and electrocardiogram.
Specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the center for therapy, and you should plan 2 1/2 to 3 hours for each visit. You will be instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process–keeping appointments and following directions are crucial to a positive healing outcome.