Wound care involves medical intervention to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are non-healing or refuse to heal on their own. To promote healing, learning how to properly dress and care for wounds is vital.
Wound care medicine in Panama City, Florida
The Center for Wound Care at HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital uses an integrated approach that combines specialized procedures and programs to treat chronic wounds.
We offer outpatient programs for non-healing wounds as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, ostomy management and lymphedema management. The key to successfully healing chronic wounds is finding the treatment plan that fits the patient's unique situation. That's why we are committed to evaluating and treating the whole patient, not just the wound.
Wounds and other conditions we treat
Our wound specialists are equipped to treat a wide variety of wounds including:
- Compromised skin grafts
- Decreased blood flow
- Diabetic wounds
- Multiple wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous ulcers
Our wound healing services
We offer comprehensive wound treatment for any type of wound.
Our patients are cared for by a skilled team of physicians and certified wound care specialists, including podiatric, vascular, general and plastic surgeons. These specialists are committed to the management of chronic, non-healing wounds in an outpatient setting.
We offer a variety of wound treatments and services, including:
- Antimicrobial therapy
- Biosynthetic skin grafts
- Compression therapy
- Growth-factor therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Moist wound healing
- Noninvasive vascular studies
- Vacuum-assisted closure (wound VAC) therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhaling 100 percent oxygen. HBO therapy is administered in a private setting. It takes place in a monoplace (single) hyperbaric chamber.
An increase in oxygen to the blood helps fight infections and promote tissue healing. It is a simple, noninvasive and painless treatment. Specially trained technicians and certified physicians provide our HBO therapy treatments.
Lymphedema can occur in the arms and legs. It is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling produced by the body’s lymphatic system to fight infection.
If the lymph vessels that carry the fluid are missing, impaired, damaged or removed, an abnormal amount of fluid can collect in the tissues of the affected area. This can cause the tissue to swell and become abnormally large.
The most effective treatment for lymphedema is complete decongestive physiotherapy. This is a noninvasive, painless technique consisting of manual lymph drainage, exercise, compressive therapy and skin care.
Our ostomy-certified specialist helps patients with ostomy management. Our preoperative counseling services include:
- Stoma site marking
- Patient and caregiver education regarding the process and postoperative care
- Opportunity to answer any questions the patient and caregiver may have
Our postoperative care includes:
- Assessment of the stoma and healing
- Assessment of bowel and renal function
- Selection of the most effective pouching system for the patient
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