Wound management and treatments are vital to helping you heal faster and with fewer complications. Statistics show that the total healing time for wounds treated is about eight days faster than the national average. The highly skilled clinical team at the Wound and Hyperbaric Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will work closely with you and your physicians to develop a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan to meet your specific wound care needs.
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.
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).
We invite you to explore the following information to help answer your questions about wound care and the terms and phrases you may encounter.
What is considered a “non-healing” wound?
Any wound that doesn’t noticeably improve in four 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.
Do I need diabetic foot screenings?
Diabetes can affect sensation in the feet. If you have diabetes this foot screening can detect loss of sensation and help prevent future problems.
What are 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.
What kinds of wound dressings are common?
Silvers, foams, silicones, medical honey, collagen and skin substitutes are just some of the dressings we utilize for treatment.
What are 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.
What are 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.
What is wound debridement?
This procedure removes dead tissue from a wound, a critical step to maximize healing.
What is 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.
What are 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.