|The Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at the Regional Medical Center treats more wound patients than any other facility in |
Patients must be referred by their physician. Referrals to the center are particularly appropriate for patients with a wound that has not healed within 30 days. Referring physicians receive information about their patient's healing outcomes and quantified progress.
The Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center provides outpatient treatment and wound management of pressure ulcers and chronic and non-healing wounds resulting from diabetes, sickle cell anemia, venous and arterial disease, as well as care and education to patients with ostomies and incontinence.
Treatments include research-based, best clinical practices in wound care management, such as debridement for diseased, damaged or infected tissues; negative pressure wound therapy; MIST ultrasound therapy and biosynthetic skin substitutes to enhance wound healing and improve circulation; infusion therapy for those who require IV antibiotics; as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The center's multi-disciplinary healthcare team includes two board-certified physicians, a nurse practitioner certified in advanced wound management, and nurses and physical therapists skilled in chronic wound care treatment. The team also includes a specialty-trained diabetes educator, dietitians, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy technicians. After careful evaluation of a patient’s condition and medical history, the staff will develop an appropriate and specific treatment plan for the patient.
The Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which stimulates circulation and promotes healing. In an HBOT session, the patient is placed in a cylindrical acrylic chamber with 100 percent oxygen under pressure, which delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, accelerating the healing rate of wounds and stimulating growth of new blood vessels. HBOT is painless and typically requires neither pain medication nor sedation.
Patients who benefit from HBOT include those diagnosed with problematic, non-healing wounds such as diabetic wounds, chronic bone infection, acute arterial insufficiency, radiation-related problems, necrotizing infections, gas gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries and other non-healing wounds.
Located on the first floor of the Regional Medical Center between Inpatient/Outpatient Registration and the Emergency Department, the Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (803) 395-2471 (toll free in S.C.: 800-476-3377, ext. 2471).