What is wound care at Hillcrest?
Wound Care at Hillcrest is a service that treats wounds that often have trouble healing on their own. These wounds are usually referred to as chronic wounds, non-healing wounds or hard-to-heal wounds.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment for patients with serious, chronic wounds that need advanced wound care. You will lie down in a pressurized chamber (see image for reference) and breathe 100% oxygen for a short period of time. This forces large amounts of oxygen saturation to dissolve into your blood stream and travel throughout your body to promote and accelerate the healing of your wounds.
HBO therapy may be used to treat conditions such as:
- Air or gas embolisms
- Bone infections
- Chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems or many other conditions
- Crush and other traumatic injuries that compromise blood supply to tissues
- Decompression sickness
- Poisoning from carbon monoxide or cyanide
- Pressure sores
- Radiation treatment injuries or thermal burns
- Refractory osteomyelitis
- Skin grafts
- Wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, that have not healed with other therapies
HBO therapy is offered at all three of the Advanced Wound Center at Hillcrest locations (Hillcrest Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital South and Hillcrest Hospital Pryor).
- Advanced wound dressings
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy*
- Surgical and traumatic wound treatment
- Leg and foot ulcer treatment
- Compression therapy
- Total contact casting
- Placement and care of live tissue grafts
- Burn care
- Vascular testing
- Patient education and support services
- Chronic wounds
- Post-surgical infections
- Pressure sores and skin lacerations
- Diabetic ulcers
- Wounds from vascular disorders
- Venous arterial insufficiency
- Radiation burns
- Comprise skin grafts
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Traumatic injuries
*HBO therapy is offered at Hillcrest Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital South and Hillcrest Hospital Pryor.
To determine the best course of treatment, the wound care team that is made up of doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses will perform a thorough evaluation of your wound and current health status. They will then design a treatment plan that best fits you. The specialized wound care team will discuss with you the cause of your wound and keep you informed throughout the healing process.
They will provide information on how to:
- Care for your wound
- Recognize early warning signs of complications
- Prevent wounds from happening
Because chronic wounds are often related to other medical conditions, the wound care team communicates the latest progress report to your primary care or referring physician throughout your healing process.
Watch: Ronald Brown, M.D., from Hillcrest South talks about wound care awareness with Channel 6 News
Watch: The Advanced Wound Center at Hillcrest South
Watch: The Advanced Wound Center at Hillcrest Pryor
Watch: Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy
Watch: Wound care myths
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