Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Expert care for wounds, close to home
Wounds that are slow to heal, heal only partially, or don't heal at all, put you at greater risk for complications that can become serious. Left untreated, slow-to-heal wounds, called chronic wounds, can lead to severe infections and even disability.
Any wound that fails to get better after 30 days with routine care, such as regularly changing sterile dressings, may need specialized care. Other warning signs are wounds that are warm, swollen, smelly, or oozing.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine team at UMMC Grenada provides specialized outpatient treatment for chronic wounds. You do not need a physician referral to see our wound care specialists.
The experts on our team include:
- a physician with advanced training in wound management
- wound care nurses
- technicians who perform wound studies and therapies
- professional office staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
Wounds we treat
Our team has successfully treated a wide variety of problem wounds including:
- Venous and arterial ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Insect, animal, and snake bites
- Trauma wounds
- Non-healing surgical wounds
In addition to wound care, we also treat patients with peripheral edema, peripheral arterial disease, and lymphedema.
Hyperbaric medicine provides advanced care
All body tissue needs oxygen to function correctly. But chronic wounds need more oxygen than normal to promote healing.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, your treatment takes place inside a pressurized tube or room that is filled with pure oxygen. Breathing normally, your lungs absorb highly concentrated oxygen that your blood carries throughout your body. The additional oxygen is proven to help your body repair damaged tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is offered at UMMC Grenada for complex conditions such as:
- Diabetic ulcers of the legs and feet
- Soft tissue and bone damage resulting from radiation therapy
- Compromised skin grafts and/or flaps
- Actinomycosis, a rare bacterial infection
- Crush injuries (caused when the body is squeezed between two heavy objects) and other injuries that restrict blood flow
- Necrotizing fasciitis, severe flesh-killing infection
- Decompression illness, often associated with scuba diving
- Carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Ischemic optic neuropathy, damage to the optic nerve
For appointments: (662) 227-7444.