The Wound Healing Institute at
DeSoto Memorial Hospital
316 Nursing Home Drive
Arcadia, FL 34266
Phone: (863) 993-7717
Fax: (863) 491-4215
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Your Wound Treatment Program
Upon referral to the Wound Healing Institute, you will meet with our staff for a consultation. You will undergo a thorough diagnostic examination and review of your medical history to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. We will then consult with your referring physician to develop a program specifically tailored to your needs based on the most effective treatment options available. Once the treatment plan is initiated, you will visit the center on a regular basis for treatment and evaluation of your healing process. You will also receive education on at-home wound care and ways to protect your wound from further complications. It is very important to remember that you are a key element in your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to a positive outcome.
While time heals most wounds, some wounds resist healing, and this is our specialty.
If you have a wound that hasn’t healed within four weeks, you need the help of our specialized medical team. Our team includes a medical director, Board Certified physicians, nurses and hyperbaric staff, providing you with an individualized treatment regimen, comprehensive therapies, and the latest procedures and equipment to assist in healing problem wounds and ensuring positive outcomes.
Our services include:
• Topical wound therapy
• Compression therapy
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Edema Management
• Nutritional and antibiotic management
• Patient and caregiver counseling and education
• Special needs for pressure relief
During your course of treatment, you will remain under the care of your regular physician. We will coordinate services to ensure complete continuity of care.
Dealing with Problem Wounds
At any given time, almost five million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds resulting from:
• Vascular or venous insufficiency
• Pressure ulcers
• Radiation tissue damage
• Infection Trauma
At the Wound Healing Institute, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the most current approaches in healing wounds by staying up to date with the latest scientific advances in wound care. Our intense, multidisciplinary approach to chronic wound care provides the best possible outcome for our patients.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen is the key to wound healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which you breathe 100 percent oxygen while enclosed in a monitored, specialized chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. While breathing pure oxygen, your blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues. The ultimate result is that the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently.
Continued, intermittent use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the body’s immune and healing response, helping to halt the growth of anaerobic bacterial organisms.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established specialty and is useful in treating the following:
• Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
• Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency and traumatic ischemia
• Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
• Mandibular Osetoradionecrosis
• Enhancement of healing selected problem wounds
Our state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber is designed with your comfort in mind. The clear acrylic chamber offers total visibility and freedom of movement, which is especially important for anyone who suffers from confinement anxiety. While undergoing treatment, you can recline, watch television, listen to the radio or take a nap.