Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
At any given time, almost 5,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic non-healing wounds. There are many different kinds of wounds including diabetic and pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, burns, vasculitis, radiation injury and ulcers caused by circulation problems. It can be very frustrating and time consuming to heal these wounds. Broward Health’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center’s follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound.
Upon physician referral or self-referral to the Center, you will undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. A multi-specialty approach will be utilized to provide the maximum benefit to your wound. There are multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities that may be utilized by our professional staff. Some may include:
- Radiology (MRI)
- Pain Management
- Nuclear Medicine
- Diabetic Education
- Laboratory Evaluation
- Nutritional Management
- Orthopedic Services
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for wound care evaluation on the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions clearly are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
As part of your treatment you may be a candidate to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber for approximately two hours. The therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, accelerating the healing rate of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, improving circulation, and helping to prevent future problems.
- The Centers have 46-inch Sigma Plus hyperbaric chambers able to accommodate one patient at a time. When relaxing inside the chamber, patients can watch television or a movie while receiving their treatments, which last approximately two hours.
- It usually takes about 30-40 hyperbaric treatments to treat a hypoxic wound.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is commonly used for:
- Chronic bone infections
- Preparation and preservation of skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic wound of the lower extremity
- Radiation damage to soft tissue and bone
A Team of Wound Care Specialists
The Center for Wound Care is designed to complement your physician’s services, and is committed to the treatment of difficult, non-healing wounds. Our certified hyperbaric medicine personnel have over 35 years’ experience working with chambers, ensuring your treatment is expertly handled. The award winning team has a 98% healing rate. The extraordinary healing rate and high customer satisfaction scores contribute to a Center of Distinction Award and the Robert A Warriner III, MD Center of Excellence Award.
The Center is made up of a team of professionals that includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management
- Nursing and therapy staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
Please contact a member of our staff with any questions you may have:Broward Health North: 954-876-2760
Broward Health Coral Springs: 954-344-3206
Broward Health Imperial Point: 954- 776-8920
The Latest Technology
Broward Health is one of the few public healthcare systems in the nation to implement a Barcoded Medication Administration System (BCMA). This advanced BCMA records, tracks and ensures the correct medications are delivered in the prescribed dosage and time, to the right patient. With the use of a simple barcoded wristband, patients can see the system at work and are reassured by the added safety measure. BCMA enables caregivers to work more efficiently and demonstrates Broward Health's commitment to patient safety.
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