Mercy Opens New Wound & Hyperbaric Center
Mercy Medical Center opened the new Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center yesterday. As a comprehensive wound healing center, Mercy treats all wounds, especially those that have become difficult to heal.
Underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous cancer treatment can turn the simplest of wounds into a significant problem. Treatments offered include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Specialized wound dressings
- Off-loading (taking pressure off the wound)
- Sharp debridement (removal of dead tissue)
- Compression therapy
M. Todd Miller, MD, vascular surgeon and medical director of the Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center, says individual treatment plans are designed to complement the care provided by patients’ physicians.
“Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect quality of life,” Dr. Miller says. “Our new center is capable of working with patients who have slow-healing or non-healing wounds or skin grafts; foot or leg ulcers; open surgical wounds; bone infections; wounds from radiation therapy; or acute traumatic and crush injuries.”
The new center offers two state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) units. Patients breathe 100% pure oxygen while inside the HBO pressurized chamber, and the increased air pressure inside the chamber helps the blood carry more oxygen to organs and connective tissues to promote wound healing.