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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

For some people, wound healing can be a complex problem requiring specialized medical treatment. We can help with that.

The wound center at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital is convenient to the Greater Sarasota area — from Lakewood Ranch to Venice. We offer a highly skilled team of wound care professionals that specialize in wound healing. Working together, we use advanced treatments, including hyperbaric chambers, to heal both acute and chronic non-healing wounds.

Wound treatments

Our wound care physicians treat all chronic, nonhealing wounds. Some examples of those include:

  • Burns
  • Diabetic and neuropathic ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers/bedsores
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous insufficiency

Our wound care services and treatments

Our team provides wound evaluations, diagnostics and ongoing assessments and comprehensive treatments.

Some of our treatments include:

  • Application of cellular and tissue-based products
  • Compression therapy
  • Debridement (removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Noninvasive vascular studies
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Specialty wound dressings

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

HBOT is a treatment in which you breathe 100 percent oxygen in a controlled, pressurized environment. With the exception of emergencies, HBOT is used as part of a comprehensive wound treatment plan.

If your wound care physician suggests HBOT, other elements of your treatment plan may include special dressings, antibiotics, debridement and other therapies.

Benefits of HBOT

HBOT offers many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced wound healing
  • Improved circulation to affected areas, which helps fight infection
  • Promoted growth of blood vessels and tissues

Conditions that benefit from HBOT

HBOT can be beneficial for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (rare bone inflammation that spreads to nearby tissue)
  • Compromised flaps or grafts
  • Crush injuries and other acute traumatic ischemia (inadequate supply of blood to organs and body tissues)
  • Decompression sickness (pressure-related condition involving nitrogen in the blood)
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bone necrosis)
  • Diabetic ulcers of lower extremities
  • Gangrene (severe bacterial infection affecting tissue)
  • Necrotizing (skin deteriorating) infections

When to seek wound care treatment

Seek wound treatment if you have:

  • A sore with increasing pain, redness, swelling, foul odor or a change in color
  • A wound that drains, gets bigger, has blisters or has black or brown dead tissue
  • A wound that hasn't healed in 30 days (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
  • Swelling or recurrent blisters of the lower legs

Please note if you need emergency care for a wound, you may come to our hospital's 24/7 emergency room (ER) for treatment.


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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.