Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care
Statistics show a tremendous need for wound care treatment. Each year, approximately six million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions.
- Fifteen percent of all diabetics will develop problem wounds.
- Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of
amputation and approximately 60,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year.
But there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment has reduced amputation rates significantly and reduced the length of hospital stays. The American Diabetes Association estimates that diabetes-related amputation could be reduced by 50 percent if patients were routinely tested for neuropathy, educated to prevent injury or complications and provided related ancillary services.
Fortunately, the Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care at Candler Hospital has proven highly effective in facilitating the healing process. Our staff specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic non-healing wounds including:
- pressure ulcers
- diabetic ulcers
- ischemic ulcers
- venous insufficiency
- traumatic wounds
- surgical wounds
- peristomal skin irritations
- other chronic, non-healing wounds.
We utilize the newest clinical tools in wound healing, including multiple state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers that utilize pure oxygen to speed up the healing process.
Patient care utilizes the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices. Care focuses on a whole-body approach to wound healing including:
- nutritional assessment and counseling
- diabetic teaching
- patient and caregiver counseling
- special needs for pressure relief
- therapy services.
The healthcare team at the Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care includes:
- physicians specially trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine
- certified wound care nurses
- certified ostomy nurses
- highly trained clinical hyperbaric managers and staff
- healthcare educators
- administrative staff.
Physician offices or individuals may call the Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care at (912) 819-8187 for a wound or hyperbaric evaluation.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care is a non-emergent care facility. Should an emergency occur after business hours, please call 911.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) floods the blood supply with oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. This oxygen enhances the function of white blood cells and encourages the development of new capillaries.
How long does HBO treatment take?
This depends on your diagnosis; however, most treatments take approximately 120 minutes.
What are chronic wounds?
Chronic wounds do not improve significantly or heal within four weeks.
How can patients with diabetes prevent foot ulcers?
- Quit smoking
- Control blood sugar
- Conduct daily foot hygiene
- Wear proper footwear
- Avoid foot trauma
- Never walk barefoot
- Inspect your shoes for small objects
- Avoid blood vessel pressure
- Do not sit with legs crossed
- Wear loose socks and stockings
- See a healthcare professional as quickly as possible should a problem develop