Wound care center in St. Petersburg, Florida
For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For others, it can be a complex medical condition requiring specialized treatment.
If you have a hard-to-heal wound, Palms of Pasadena Hospital can help. Our wound care specialists determine the underlying cause of delayed wound healing, then develop a comprehensive plan to control infection and heal the wound.
To learn more about our wound care services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 245-8328.
Types of wounds we treat
Our wound care team diagnoses and treats the following:
- Arterial (ischemic) ulcers: Usually located on the feet and often occurs on the heels, tips of toes, between the toes where the toes rub against one another or anywhere the bones may protrude and rub against bed sheets, socks or shoes
- Bone infection: Often caused by bacterial infection; chances increases if a patient has sickle cell anemia, diabetes or surgical procedures in bony areas can increase the chances of developing a bone infection
- Diabetic foot ulcers: Occurs on the feet of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Gangrene: Condition causing the decay of body tissues often because of infection
- Lower leg ulcers: Non-healing skin wounds on the lower leg, foot or toe often caused by trauma to the skin, poor circulation, diabetes or high blood pressure
- Postoperative infection: Caused by bacteria entering the surgical incision area
- Radiation burns: Occurs from exposure to radiation
- Skin tears and lacerations: Traumatic wounds separating the first several layers of skin from one another. Lacerations are torn, ragged wounds that involve deeper tissue
- Venous stasis ulcers: Wounds located below the knee, primarily found on the inner part of the leg just above the ankle; Common in patients with a history of leg swelling, varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clots
Wound care treatments we offer
Our wound care specialists are dedicated to ensuring patients heal successfully. We offer the following wound healing treatments:
- Alleviation of weight-bearing wounds: Special casts or boots placed on the foot to relieve pressure from the ulcer
- Antibiotics: Used to prevent infection and administered for 4-6 weeks
- Blood sugar control: Adjustments in diet or medications to achieve optimal blood sugar control (high blood sugar weakens the immune system)
- Debridement: The removal of dead tissue around the wound to clean the wound and promote healing
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: specialized therapy to heal hard-to heal wounds
- Skin grafts: Used to speed up the healing of non-healing diabetic foot ulcers
- Specialty wound dressings: Medicines and dressings that encourage wounds to close and heal
- Surgery: Procedures at our surgery center to improve blood flow within the arteries of the legs, which helps heal the wound and prevent amputations
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment, which allows patients to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen are delivered to the bloodstream, ranging from 10 to 20 times the normal amount. This pure oxygen improves oxygen levels in the bloodstream, which promotes healing at the wound site.
Benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides a variety of benefits including:
- Revitalizes tissues that receive poor blood flow
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels
- Enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas
- Helps blood carry more oxygen throughout the body
- Promotes wound healing in tissue
What to expect during your hyperbaric chamber session
Hyperbaric therapy is a painless treatment. Most patients watch TV or sleep during treatments. You can expect the following during your hyperbaric session:
- A hyperbaric technician will monitor your treatment at all times, and a physician will always be nearby.
- Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the technician will slowly increase the air pressure. As the pressure increases initially and decreases at the end of the treatment, you may notice the same sensation you sometimes feel when changing altitude in an airplane.
- Your technician will help you equalize the pressure between your ears, if necessary.