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With advanced equipment and specialized wound care, the Mercy Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center opened three years ago to address a growing health problem affecting 6.5 million patients in the U.S.
Every six minutes across the nation, an amputation is performed on someone with diabetes who developed a chronic non-healing wound as a complication of the disease. The rising incidence of chronic wounds can also be correlated to obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects, which are often underlying causes.
“It is my pleasure to be part of a program that meets this ever-expanding problem head on”, says Dr. Douglas Hatter, Medical Director of the Mercy Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “Our multidisciplinary panel of wound experts, trained wound nurses, and evidence-based evaluation and treatment pathways sets us apart in taking care of patients who are experiencing chronic wounds in our community.”
The Mercy Wound Center has provided specialized care for hundreds of patients with more than 4,000 wound care visits last year. The advanced treatments available at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
Chronic wounds are classified as wounds that have not healed in 30 days or more. Sometimes people have had wounds that have existed for months or even years. Through treatment at the Mercy Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, 92% of chronic longtime wounds were healed in 16 weeks or less. Delivering leading outcomes, the center has an amputation rate of less than 1%.
With two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, the Mercy Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provided more than 1,100 hyperbaric treatments in 2010. During the non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment relaxing on a bed encased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen medicine may be used to treat wounds related to more than one dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
While a study of 50 American medical schools found that students receive less than six hours of education in the science and care of wounds during their studies, physicians and clinical teams at the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center receive highly specialized training. Working with National Healing Corporation, which assists hospitals across the country in establishing quality wound healing programs, the Mercy Wound Center participates in training at the National Healing Institute at The Ohio State University wound healing boot camps and National Healing sponsored symposiums featuring internationally recognized specialists discussing new treatment options and promising research in the field.
For more information on the treatment of chronic wounds, call Cindy Buhler, Director of the Mercy Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at 530.245.4085.
-from press release
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