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Wound Care & HBOT FAQs

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How can I make an appointment with the Wound & Hyperbaric Center?

Visit your primary care physician. He or she will make an initial assessment and refer you to us. Your physician can provide our team key information about your health to help us create the best treatment plan for you.

Where is the Wound & Hyperbaric Center located?

The center is located inside Hutchinson Regional on the 1st floor. After you exit the guest elevator on the 1st floor, turn right, then left and walk to the end of the hall.

What is considered a “non-healing” wound?

Any wound that doesn’t noticeably improve in 3 weeks could be considered “non-healing.”

How long will my treatment take?

Your plan of treatment will vary depending on any existing conditions you have, such as peripheral vascular disease, diabetes or venous insufficiency. Additionally, your compliance with the plan will greatly affect the rate of healing.

Will my insurance cover treatment?

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers cover wound & hyperbaric therapy. However, contact your insurance provider to confirm that they will cover your treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Many wounds fail to heal because they do not have enough oxygen in the tissues. HBOT uses pure oxygen in a pressurized environment to effectively increase oxygen concentrations in the blood (by 10 times or more).

Diabetic foot screenings

Diabetes can affect sensation in the feet. This foot screening can detect loss of sensation and help prevent future problems.

Transcutaneous oxygen measurements (arterial screenings)

This non-invasive test measures how much oxygen is in the tissues. It is useful for determining healing potential and guiding the direction of wound treatment.

State-of-the-art wound dressings

Silvers, foams, silicones, medical honey, collagen and skin substitutes are just some of the dressings we utilize for treatment.

Compression dressings

Many lower leg wounds are hampered by swelling (edema). Compression dressings help your body move the excess fluid away from the area of your wound, facilitating healing.

Total contact dressings

Many diabetic ulcers are on the bottom of the feet, making them difficult to heal due to the pressure from walking. A total contact cast distributes pressure over the entire surface of the bottom of the foot and lower leg, eliminating excess pressure to the wound.

Wound debridement

This procedure removes dead tissue from a wound, a critical step to maximize healing.

Negative pressure wound therapy

Utilizing a vacuum, this special dressing helps wounds heal by increasing circulation to the wound, removing excess fluid and bacteria and encouraging wound contraction. Wounds that are appropriate for this type of therapy heal in about half the time they would with more conservative care.

Cultured skin substitutes

Laboratory grown skin (not a replacement for your own skin) is sometimes used to introduce certain factors into a wound when it will not heal on its own. Only certain wounds qualify for these very specialized dressings.