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Wound care

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.

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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.

That's why the specialists at HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital are here to help. Our wound care specialists provide comprehensive wound care services in Pinellas County. They work together and with you to determine the underlying cause of delayed wound healing, then develop a comprehensive plan to control infection and heal your wound.

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Conditions we treat

Our wound care team diagnoses and treats a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Arterial (ischemic) ulcers
  • Bone infections
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Gangrene
  • Lower leg ulcers
  • Postoperative infection
  • Radiation burns
  • Skin tears and lacerations
  • Venous stasis ulcers

Wound care treatments we offer

Our clinicians are dedicated to ensuring your wound heals successfully and completely. To do this, we offer the following wound healing treatments:

Alleviation of weight-bearing wounds

This treatment uses special casts or boots placed on the foot to relieve pressure from the ulcer.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are used to prevent infection. They are typically administered for four to six weeks.

Blood sugar control

Adjustments in diet or medications to achieve optimal blood sugar control because high blood sugar weakens the immune system.

Debridement

This treatment involves removing dead tissue around the wound to clean the wound and promote healing.

Skin grafts

Skin grafts are used to speed up the healing of nonhealing ulcers.

Specialty wound dressings

Special medicines and dressings that encourage wounds to close and heal.

Surgery

Special procedures 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:

  • Enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas
  • Helps blood carry more oxygen throughout the body
  • Promotes wound healing in tissue
  • Revitalizes tissues that receive poor blood flow
  • Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels

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.

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August 03, 2020
Wounds that don't heal right away are considered chronic and may need specialized care. Here's what you should know.