Wound Healing Institute staff members often answer several of the below questions from visiting patients:
How do I know if I need treatment at a wound center?
Wound healing should be a natural, uneventful process, yet for some it can be a complex medical problem requiring specialized medical treatment. People suffering from hard-to-heal wounds, wounds failing to show progress in 2 weeks, or wounds not completely healing in 6 weeks should arrange for a consultation at a Wound Healing Institute. People with diabetes or circulation problems often develop problem wounds such as these.
Will my family doctor get a report on my care?
A team of physicians and nurses specially trained in the treatment of non-healing wounds will report the treatment plan and progress directly to the family physician at regular intervals, providing written reports and photographs of wound status. To facilitate this dialogue, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) requires the patient to authorize a release statement presented in the registration process.
How often would I need to come for treatment?
During the initial stages of treatment at a Wound Healing Institute, patients are seen every 7-10 days. The frequency of the visits, however, is always determined by the individual patient’s needs.
Will the treatment be painful?
Assuring the patient's comfort is always a priority for the wound care staff. At each visit, the patient’s level of pain will be assessed and interventions implemented to assure that there is minimal to no discomfort experienced during treatment.
Who will do my dressing changes between visits at the center?
The wound care center staff will work with the patient, the patient's family, and any caregivers involved assuring that prescribed dressing changes are accomplished properly.
How will my progress be monitored?
The wound care team measures, photographs and assesses the wound for signs of healing using the latest electronic health record keeping system. The patient will be kept informed of their progress at each visit.
Will my insurance cover this treatment?
Most insurance companies and Medicare will cover the services provided by a Wound Healing Institute. The center staff will work with each patient to determine the coverage provided by their specific insurance plan.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
There is hope for even the most difficult wounds using hyperbaric oxygen therapy which is a painless and noninvasive treatment that delivers the natural healing qualities of 100% oxygen under pressure. The additional oxygen provided by the therapy helps the body fight infection and promotes formation of healthy tissue. Most hyperbaric oxygen treatments last from 2 to 2 ½ hours. A skilled physician and hyperbaric technologist supervise and monitor the entire therapy while you relax and enjoy watching your favorite movie or program on TV.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
100% oxygen under increased pressure saturates bodily fluids and tissue with 10 to 20 times more oxygen. Extra dissolved oxygen enters blood plasma promoting angiogenesis (formation of new capillaries) into wounded areas treating anemia (blood deficiency) and ischemia (blockages and lack of blood). This hyper-oxygenation, additionally, inhibits the growth of anaerobic and aerobic organisms enhancing the body's disease-fighting leukocytes (white blood cells).
Is hyperbaric oxygen safe?
Yes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered under the supervision of specialized physicians and expert technicians adhering to established industry standards ensuring patient safety.
What are the possible complications or side effects associated with the hyperbaric oxygen treatments?
Patients may experience a pressure sensation in the ears or sinuses similar to the pressure felt underwater. Using simple pressure relieving techniques can generally equalize the pressure sensation. Additional helpful interventions are available to relieve patients experiencing sinus and ear pressure.
How many hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments are needed?
The hyperbaric physician determines the number of treatments needed. A patient's diagnosis and their individual response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy are a few of the factors taken into consideration.