Sometimes diabetes can lead to complications, some of which make it difficult for wounds to heal. In these situations, medical care may be needed to prevent infection. Hunt
Regional’s Wound Care Center, located in Greenville, provides treatment for wounds resulting from diabetes.
The Center’s interdisciplinary team of wound care specialists works together to:
- Improve healing rates
- Prevent amputations in chronic wound cases
The managed care approach at the Wound Care Center assists the physician caring for specific wound problems without interfering with overall patient care. Our clinical staff members have access to the nation’s largest database of treatment outcomes. The center operates under the auspices of Diversified Clinical Services, Inc.
Wound management for diabetes patients begins with an assessment of medical history and present physical condition. A personalized plan of care for each patient is based on wound evaluation, vascular assessment, nutritional assessment, and laboratory results.
Possible interventions to promote healing include:
- Infection control
- Skin graft
- Pressure relief
- Skin care
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Popularly known as the treatment for Scuba divers suffering from decompression sickness (the "bends"), or for arterial gas embolism, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has gained wide acceptance in clinical, non-diving medicine over the last few decades.
HBOT is an important tool in the treatment of non-healing wounds. It can aid in the healing of diabetes-related ulcers and other problematic wounds.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the systemic delivery of oxygen to patients placed in a chamber at two to three times atmospheric pressure, while breathing 100 percent oxygen for periods of 90 to 120 minutes. Treatments are given daily, Monday through Friday.
Hyperbaric oxygen must be administered carefully to avoid toxic side effects. The patient's clinical response dictates the number of treatments needed. Non-healing wounds may require as many as 20-40 treatments. The level of tissue damage before treatment and the presence of associated systemic disorders affect the success rate of HBOT.
The Wound Care Center uses two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. A highly trained hyperbaric technician monitors the patient constantly during treatment, under the supervision of a Wound Center physician. During treatment the patient can watch TV, listen to the radio, or talk with the staff. Relaxation techniques help reduce anxiety and claustrophobic response.
HBOT is reimbursable by Medicare and most other third party groups for certain clinical applications. Requirements vary; some health care plans require pre-authorization for coverage of treatments.
New patient information
If you will be visiting the Wound Care Center for the first time, please print out the new patient forms
and fill them out at home. Bring the completed forms with you for your first visit.
For more information about diabetes wound care, please call us at 903-408-5150