Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine has once again been recognized for its ongoing commitment to providing quality patient medical care. The Center combines compassionate, personalized care with the cutting edge resources of a modern, innovative facility to treat chronic or non-healing wounds.
What is a chronic wound?
Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to a poorer quality of life and if left untreated, could lead to amputations. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a chronic wound. The complex nature of these wounds calls for an interdisciplinary approach to healing.
Frisbie’s Center for Wound Care
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is an outpatient, hospital-based program staffed by a team of highly trained medical professionals that work closely together and with primary care providers to develop and coordinate comprehensive care plans for each patient. The Center has the added expertise of the general surgeons of Rochester Surgical Associates, who are certified in wound care management.
The result? Patients who heal faster
With access to the largest database of wound research in the world and state-of-the-art treatments, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. Treatments like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, debridement, dressing selections, special shoes and patient education are offered to heal our patients so they can get back to their daily routines faster than with other options.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) work?
HBOT uses specially designed chambers to increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, which then accelerates the body’s natural healing process. This is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria; it is expected that 10 to 20% of the wound care cases will meet this criteria.
During treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is then delivered to the patient’s wound site for faster healing. The patient is monitored throughout each treatment to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If oxygen level is higher, the therapy is likely beneficial to the patient.
Essentially, HBOT helps heal the wound from the inside out. This can help to reduce swelling, fight infections, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.
Are you a candidate for specialized wound care?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician about a referral to Frisbie Memorial's Center for Wound Care, or contact the Center directly for an assessment. If you are a candidate for this outpatient program, the Center will immediately work with you and your doctor to deliver the following:
- Advanced therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your treatment
- Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene, and more
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress
Wound Care Center partnership with Healogics
Through a partnership with Healogics, Frisbie Memorial Hospital is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Healogics is the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing.