Wound Clinic & Hyperbaric Medicine
Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine
For most, wound healing is a natural process, but for others, it can be a complex process that requires specialized care and ongoing maintenance. If you are one of the estimated six million Americans suffering from chronic wounds, we may be able to help you heal.
Graham Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric Center in Canton, Illinois, treats all types of chronic (ongoing) wounds. We offer structured wound care from a team of expert wound specialists who work with your physician to deliver the right diagnosis, treatment and follow up care.
From diabetic ulcers of the lower legs, ankles and feet to bone infection, the wound healing specialists at our wound center work to prevent infection, reduce the time it takes to you to heal and teach you how to avoid re-injury. Our team combines specialized wound healing services, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and years of experience to provide comprehensive care you can count on!
Chronic, non-healing wounds, those that haven't shown signs of improvement in several weeks or are not responding to typical treatments, need extra help to heal. Difficult wounds of this type are often caused by injury, disease or poor blood supply. Graham Hospital provides specialized treatment for these types of wounds.
Graham Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric specializes in healing chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other conditions.
Who needs wound care?
Patients with a sore or wound that is not better in one month or entirely healed in two should ask their doctor about our services.
Non-healing wounds arise because of a variety of issues, including:
- Crush Injury/Acute Traumatic Peripheral Ischemia
- Nutritional Management
- Peristomal Skin Irritations
- Preservation of Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Progressive Necrotizing Infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
- Soft Tissue Radionecrosis
- Surgical Wounds
- Traumatic Injury
- Ulcers (pressure, diabetic, neuropathic or ischemic)
Healing with us
When you first come to our center, the staff will evaluate your wound and go over your medical and medication history. You may also need to take a blood test or other special tests to provide more information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound. This will help us develop a treatment plan, often involving regular visits to the Wound Center. When you leave our facility, you'll take with you detailed instructions for home care, such as bandage changing and how to protect the wound from further damage. Success depends on you. You must keep appointments, follow directions carefully and consult with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
Treatment may include:
- Diabetic Educations
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Infectious Disease Management
- Laboratory Evaluation
- Nuclear Medicine
- Nutritional Management
- Pain Management
- Physical Therapy
- Vascular Evaluation
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Sometimes wounds will not respond to general wound care treatments alone. For some patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) from Graham Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric Center is needed for complete healing.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
HBOT is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The treatment quickly sends high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream to heal wounds and fight infections.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes the healing of chronic wounds and patients can experience the following benefits:
- Accelerates wound healing
- Reduces cell death and infection
- Eliminates deadly substances
- Preserves injured tissue
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels
- Improves blood circulation
Conditions Treated by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is proven effective in creating a healing response for a full range of injuries and illnesses, including:
- Diabetic ulcers of the lower legs, ankles, and feet
- Post-radiation tissue injury
- Osteomyelitis (inflammatory bone disease)
- Crush injuries
- Failing skin grafts and flaps
- Necrotizing soft tissue (dying tissue) infections
What is a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber?
Our wound center administers HBOT in a private setting in state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers that are comfortable and see-through. This allows our trained technicians to closely monitor patients, as well as allowing the patient to be in constant view and communication with the attending technician. A patient can watch television, listen to music or just rest during treatments.
How Long Does HBOT Last?
The number of treatments you receive will depend on your diagnosis, but most treatments last 90 minutes and are administered once or twice daily, Monday through Friday. Treatment may last anywhere between a few days to several weeks.
Contact Graham Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric Center in Canton for more information. A physician's referral is not required.