Patients may be referred by a physician, health care professional, or self-referral. The wound care physician will complete a history and physical, order diagnostic tests, if indicated, and determine a plan of care following evidence based guidelines. Treatment will focus on the causation of the wound, co-existing conditions that impact wound healing, and topical wound management.
The PCP, referring physician, or HCP will be provided patient progress reports, and the patient will be returned to their care after discharge. Patients in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Nursing Homes can also receive Outpatient Wound Care and HBOT.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps the body's oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms function more efficiently. While enclosed in a chamber at a greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body's tissues. Another effect of HBOT is vasoconstriction, the benefit of which is a reduction in post-traumatic edema. In effect, HBOT maintains oxygen delivery while blood flow is improved in the microcirculation by the edema-reducing effect of vasoconstriction. Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require HBOT treatments, provided by physicians at the Wound Care Center, who are specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff.
What Your Patients Can Expect
HBOT is administered in a comfortable environment, attended by our skilled, experienced technicians. Your patient will receive thorough instructions for his or her treatment and assistance with any insurance issues. Most health care plans reimburse for HBOT for currently approved indications.
Approved Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Below are approved indications for HBOT which are reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs and other insurance providers, and are provided by the Wound Care Center.
The Wound Care Center Provides HBOT for the Following:
Emergent of Non-Emergent-Dependent on Patient Hemodynamic Situation:
Each year, there are 1.1 million to 1.8 million new cases and approximately 8 million Americans suffering from chronic wounds. Compelling statistics include:
While these numbers show the tremendous need for wound care, there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and shortened hospital stays.