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Wound Care

About HBO & Wound Care

The HBO & Wound Care Center provides high-quality healthcare in healing wounds with the use of HBO and wound care. The staff is committed to providing care in a personal yet professional manner, educating patients in terms of their conditions and treatment plans. The HBO & Wound Care Center staff is under the medical direction of physicians who are certified in hyperbaric oxygen and wound care. The wound care team consists of certified wound care physical therapists, certified hyperbaric oxygen therapists and nurses who are specialized and trained in wound care.

The goals of the HBO & Wound Care Center are to provide excellence and service in healing patients, reducing the length of their hospital stay and improving their quality of life with education, innovation and cost containment. The multidisciplinary team in the HBO & Wound Care Center works with the patients to identify vascular problems, risk factors, skin care problems and to develop a care plan that includes treatment, education and prevention both for patients and caregivers.

Criteria for Care

To qualify for HBO therapy, a patient's condition must fall under one of the approved indications listed on Conditions Treated.

During HBO therapy, a physician is at the chamber-side at all times for emergencies, as well as for routine patient care. Patient progress is continually assessed by a physician for further need and appropriateness of therapy. Wound care patients are also seen on a daily basis by physicians. Any progress is monitored by the wound care staff and relayed to the primary care physician.

Referrals

Patients are referred to HendrickHBO & Wound Care Center by their physician for HBO and/or wound care evaluation. The center also takes referrals for non-invasive vascular testing. A qualified technician explains the purpose of the treatment with its risks and benefits. A physician examines the patient, answers questions and determines whether treatment will be beneficial.

Treatment Schedule

HBO outpatients and inpatients are scheduled for daily treatment Monday - Friday. Additional treatments (e.g. BID) are done as necessary and as time allows. Wound care patients are scheduled depending on wound care needs.

Conditions Treated

Wound Care Therapy

Wound care therapy is provided by wound care specialists using advanced wound therapies in conjunction with or without HBO. Sharp debridement, advanced dressings and compassionate care is provided for patients with wounds caused from arterial or venous insufficiency, burns, pressure sores, surgical wounds, snakebites, open abscesses, traumatic injuries, diabetic wounds and any open wound that doesn't heal within a timely manner.

HBO Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBO) is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while at greater than ambient atmospheric pressure. The following conditions are approved indications for HBO therapy:

Chronic Conditions:

  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • Soft tissue infections with necrosis
  • Radiation necrosis – Osteoradionecrosis and soft tissue radiation damage
  • Selected refractory mycosis – Mucormycosis or Actinomycosis

Acute Conditions:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute cyanide poisoning
  • Arterial gas embolism
  • Decompression sickness
  • Crush injuries with acute traumatic ischemia

Special Consideration:

  • Brown recluse spider bite

Location

Hendrick Wound Care Center
2000 Pine Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: 325-670-4185