At Jackson Hospital, we constantly assess the healthcare needs of our community and strive to develop services to meet them. One need identified in 2015 was wound care for those with severe or chronic wounds. In 2017, we opened the Chipola Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center to help heal problem wounds and change lives for the better.
Help for Chronic Wounds
Our team works with patients to provide treatments specific to the underlying cause of a patient’s wound such as:
- Ischemic ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic injury wounds
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Neuropathic ulcers
- And other wounds that have not responded to traditional wound therapies
Specially trained in wound care, our team consists of physicians, nurses and other clinicians and support staff who work together to provide care for each patient. Our services include:
- Hyperbaric medicine (oxygen therapy)
- Vascular evaluation
- Education in caring for a wound
- Physical therapy
- Diabetic education
- Nutritional management
- Infection control
- And more
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Center has two Hyperbaric Medicine Chambers and four specialized exam rooms. Oxygen therapy can help wounds heal more quickly than traditional wound therapies. Positioned in a pressurized chamber, patients comfortably breathe in high concentrations of oxygen. Once in the bloodstream, this oxygen allows the body to heal by reducing infections, improving blood circulation especially in the extremities, and stimulating the growth of healthy tissue.
The Chamber has clear sides, and many patients relax and watch television, listen to their favorite music or even take a nap. The comfortable setting is ideal for healing. Treatments generally last 90 minutes to two hours.
Working with a patient’s primary care physician, physicians at the wound center develop highly specialized treatment plans for each patient that takes into consideration the underlying cause of the wound, the severity, and timeline of when the wound occurred and medical care received previously. The team then creates a plan to heal the wound.
Wound care patients receive outpatient treatment on an ongoing basis – often this is daily until the wound heals. In addition to wound therapies, patients benefit from learning more about their wound and how to care for it in-between visits at home. These steps help promote healing and are essential to recovery. It is important not to miss any scheduled appointments.
For more information about wound care services, please call 850.526.6730.