The Wound Care Center at UHC treats patients with wounds that won’t heal due to diabetes, poor circulation, long-term immobilization or other conditions. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we offer an ongoing program that teaches patients how nutrition and lifestyle changes can help heal wounds — and prevent these from ever occurring.
Who Needs Wound Care?
An individual with a wound that has not started to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may be a candidate for UHC Wound Care Center.
The staff specializes in the treatment of problem wounds. Some of the indications for wound therapy are:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) is an adjunctive treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure.
While breathing pure O2, the patient’s blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues. The ultimate result is that the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently. Around 16% of wound care patients treated may require HBOT.
The following is a list of approved indications for HBOT which are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs, and other insurance carriers:
- Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Soft tissue radionecrosis
- Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
Individualized Treatment Plans
UHC Wound Care Center utilizes the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices including:
- Wound dressings
- Compression therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Prescriptive growth factors
- Bio-engineered skin grafting
- Edema management
- Non-invasive vascular assessment
Patient care at UHC Wound Care Center will focus on a whole-body approach to wound healing including:
- Nutritional assessment and counseling
- Diabetic education
- Patient and caregiver counseling
- Pain management
- Special needs for pressure including beds, seat cushions, and footwear
If you or someone you know suffers from non-healing wounds, call 304-842-1034. No physician referral is necessary.