Skip to site content

Next Steps

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wounds and Vascular Disease
PRMC has state-of-the-art equipment available for wound treatments with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy also known as HBO. It is an advanced type of care for chronic wounds and vascular (blood vessels) disease.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO), which is a non-invasive procedure where the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while fully enclosed in a specially designed chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. HBO is used to promote and support healing in the management of conditions in which oxygen transport to the tissues has been disrupted by traumatic injury, infection, inflammation or edema. This oxygen-rich environment allows the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms to function more effectively, dramatically speeding up the healing process of chronic wounds.

Benefits of HBO therapy are:

  • An increase in oxygen concentration in all body tissues
  • Growth of new blood vessels to locations with decreased circulation
  • Treatment of infection

HBO is the treatment of choice for wounds resulting from:

  • Vascular disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Bone infections
  • Compromised Grafts/Flaps
  • Radiation injury to soft tissue and other problem wounds

Chronic Wounds: A Growing Problem

It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system. More than 29 million people (9.5% of population) have diabetes in the United States and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way.

At the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

A Comprehensive Team of Wound Care Specialists

The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is designed to complement your physicians’ services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

The First Appointment

Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, but we do self-referrals as well. The program operates by appointment. Upon referral to the Wound Care Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies. Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)/ Ultrasound
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy should allot two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

Preparing for Treatments

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: Your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

To learn more or to make a referral, call 903.739.7620.

About Healogics, Inc.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.