Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy - Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital
183 Ledford Street
Murphy, NC 28906
Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy department provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.
That’s where our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy professionals can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 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 do so. Throughout HBOT treatments, you are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy is most likely beneficial. During the treatments, you breathe 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to your wound site for faster healing.
Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, 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 our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy, or contact us directly for an assessment. If you are a candidate for this outpatient program, we 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 you each remain informed about your progress
Partnership with Healogic
Through a partnership with Healogic, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital is able to offer this new, comprehensive and specialized wound care and hyperbaric therapy. Healogic is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogic has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to our hospital, Healogic centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.
Frequently asked questions
- How can I get a consultation? You may call us directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment, call: (828) 835-4692.
- What Causes Non-Healing Wounds? Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as “bed sores”). An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don’t heal for many different reasons.
- Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist? No. In fact, we prefer to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment for your wound from our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy professionals you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
- Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments? Many health plans cover wound care treatments. Call us to determine what your specific plan covers.
- What can I expect at the first appointment? The first appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications, and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend several hours at your appointment.
- Is hyperbaric medicine safe? Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves you spending about 90 minutes a day, five days per week over a four-to-six-week period in the chamber.