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 specialists in Brooksville, Florida
If a sore or wound has not improved significantly in four weeks, or healed entirely in eight weeks, we can help.
At HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Center, we specialize in healing chronic wounds that have not healed with traditional treatment. In addition to nonhealing wounds, our wound care doctors treat wounds caused by burns, insect bites, diabetes complications and other conditions. Together, our specialists will develop a personalized care plan to heal your wound and restore your quality of life.
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Wounds and other conditions we treat
We diagnose and treat the following conditions:
- Arterial wounds
- Autoimmune wounds
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Failing surgical flaps
- Ischemic wounds
- Late effects of radiation
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Postsurgical wounds
- Pressure wounds
- Soft tissue necrosis
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous stasis and varicose vein wounds
- Any wound that is delayed in healing
Advanced wound care services
We offer a full spectrum of services to help heal chronic wounds and wound-related conditions.
Understanding chronic wounds
To understand how wound treatment works, you must first understand how chronic wounds occur.
A chronic wound is an area of skin breakdown that has not shown signs of improvement or does not heal properly, even after several weeks. Factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, pressure, nutritional deficits and smoking all affect the normal healing process of wounds.
When a wound fails to heal, it forms a false covering, called fibrin, which stops all of the body's natural attempts to heal the wound and can trap infection in the wound. This fibrin must be removed so new skin cells can grow and heal the wound.
Wound management and treatment
Part of our wound care protocol to remove this false covering is to "trick" the body into thinking it's healed. We do this with a process called debridement, which is the removal of fibrin with an instrument called a curette.
Debridement starts the body's healing process all over again by making the body think it has a brand new wound. Debridement may need to be done on a weekly basis until the new cell growth, known as epithelialization, has occurred.
Overall, treatment will focus on the cause of the wound, coexisting conditions that impact wound healing and topical wound management. Your primary care physician or referring physician will be provided with your progress reports, and you will return to them for care after discharge.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
We use hyperbaric chambers — noninvasive, clear, acrylic chambers — to promote optimal healing. During an HBOT session, 100 percent oxygen is administered at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a certain amount of time, usually 90 minutes.
While breathing pure oxygen, your blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissue. This allows oxygen to reach bone and tissue normally inaccessible to red blood cells. HBOT has proven effective in stimulating healing and growth of healthy tissues. Continued use of HBOT results in more efficient functioning of the body's natural wound-healing mechanisms, which depend on oxygen.
At our center, each hyperbaric chamber has its own TV and CD player for you to watch movies or listen to music during treatments. The completely transparent chambers allow you to see and be seen by our wound care team members.
Limb loss prevention
Our hospital is home to the Florida Limb Saving Institute. Here, our multidisciplinary, dedicated team provides comprehensive care to prevent amputation for patients at risk of losing a limb.
Patients who have a nonhealing ulcer with extremity numbness may be at risk of limb loss. Patients at risk for possible limb loss may also have some or all of the following co-occurring conditions or causes:
- Blood-clotting disorders
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Coronary artery disease
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Rest claudication
- Tobacco use
Our limb saving program
Our program at the Florida Limb Saving Institute features:
- A comprehensive evaluation by one of our physicians to develop an individualized care plan based on established protocols and your specific needs
- A team of specialists to work with you and your existing healthcare providers
- A nurse navigator to help you and your family with communication and coordination of healthcare among various healthcare providers
- Education on nutrition and diabetes management skills
- Education on off-loading, pressure relief and routine foot care
- Long-term follow-up care
Our limb saving care team
Our limb saving team includes specialists from the following areas:
- Hyperbaric medicine
- Infectious disease
- Interventional cardiology
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Primary care
- Rehabilitative medicine
- Sleep medicine
- Vascular care
- Wound healing
Emergency wound care
If you sustain a wound and need emergency wound care, the emergency department at our hospital is open 24/7. Here, our emergency medicine team provides prompt, effective care for medical emergencies.
Coming to our wound care center
Our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Center is located on our hospital's campus in the Nature Coast Medical Pavilion.
Our address and hours of operation
Our address is:
11371 Cortez Blvd., Suite 134
Brooksville, FL 34613
Our clinic hours are:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
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