Healing chronic wounds with advanced treatments
Patients who suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds caused by diabetes or other conditions can benefit from the latest evaluation and care at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, located in Carroll Hospital Center’s Outpatient Center.
The Wound Center is commited to providing quality care and is accreditated by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The center is only one of five wound care facilities in Maryland to receive this accreditation.
Our specially trained, multidisciplinary team of general, vascular, podiatric, plastic and internal medicine surgeons, as well as nurses and educators first provide a complete assessment to identify the type and cause of your wound. Then they develop a customized treatment plan that may include:
- Debridement (removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue) and bandaging
- Bioengineered skin application, to help heal difficult wounds in the leg and foot
- Drescriptive growth factors to help healthy skin grow
- Specialized dressings
- Edema (swelling) management
- Noninvasive vascular assessment to check blood flow to the affected area
- Compression therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which helps wounds heal more quickly
You may also benefit from other therapies and support programs such as:
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Approximately 20 percent of wound care patients become ideal candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a medical treatment that uses pure oxygen to enhance the body's natural ability to heal.
During HBOT, you are placed in a pressurized chamber where you breathe 100 percent oxygen for an extended period of time. (The air we normally breathe contains only 19 to 21 percent oxygen.) High concentrations of oxygen are quickly delivered to your bloodstream, improving wound healing, helping fight infection, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and improving circulation.
Some conditions that can be treated with HBOT include:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Failing surgical flaps and skin grafts
- Soft tissue radiation injury
- Radiation injury to the jaw
- Necrotizing or severe soft tissue infections
- Hard-to-heal wounds caused by certain medical conditions
- Sudden hearing loss
The Importance of Participating in your Care
If you have a wound that does not heal within two weeks, please call to schedule an appointment with us. Taking advantage of our wound care services can be a positive first step towards preventing serious infection and completely healing your wound. The more you are an active participant throughout your wound care, the more likely it is that your wound will continue to heal.
Once we begin treatment, we may recommend home care or educate a family member to assist in providing proper wound care maintenance between appointments. Following instructions, returning on a weekly basis and remaining committed to the care plan is the best way for you to ensure a healthy, positive outcome.
To find out if we can help you, call the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Carroll Hospital Center at 410-871-6348.
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