The Mercy Health Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at St. Charles Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center provide state-of-the-art comprehensive wound care and management for a wide variety of chronic wounds. Physicians and nurses specifically trained in wound care management work with patients to help heal their wounds as quickly as possible.

Proper wound care management involves diagnosing the cause, providing proper treatment, addressing other health problems, such as diabetes, vascular issues, nutrition as well as other chronic diseases which can directly affect healing and offering education to prevent the problem from recurring. Wounds can occur on any part of the body, but are most commonly seen on the legs and feet. In addition to diet and nutrition, other factors can impact wound healing include improper treatment of the wound, poor diet, pressure and infection.

Types of Wounds
Mercy Health Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center treats wounds such as the following, but not limited to:

  • Venous Stasis Leg Ulcers
  • Caused by blood pooling in the legs and associated swelling
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers with or without good crculation or feling (Neuropathy)
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Infection in the bone
  • Arterial ucers
  • Caused by inadequate blood flow to the legs and feet
  • Non-healing surgical wounds or burns

 

Treatment of Wounds
Wounds are carefully evaluated by qualified staff that will identify the most appropriate method of treatment. Our team of experts utilize the most advanced wound care technologies available, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Our qualified staff continually receive education and training to remain on the front edge of treatment protocols. They also work directly with patients to provide instruction on caring for the wound and the patient's overall health.

Treatment Methods

  • Compression Therapy: This form of therapy consists of multi-layered wraps to control swelling and allow leg wounds to close. In most cases, patients come to the clinic weekly to have their wraps changed.
  • Debridement: Removal of dead tissue from the wound. Removing this tissue assists the healing process by stimulating growth factors, reducing pressure and aiding in infection control.
  • Pressure Relief: Wounds are often the result of uncontrolled pressure. The use of various types of pressure-relieving devices assists blood flow, reduces trauma and accelerates wound healing. You may be required to refrain from weight-bearing on the affected leg or foot, or refrain from sitting/lying on the affected body area for a period of time.
  • Proper Shoe Wear: Diabetic feet are especially at risk for hard-to-heal wounds due to circulation problems and sensation changes. Physicians can recommend proper shoe wear.
  • Infection Control: Occasionally infections involve the bone and require more aggressive management. Wound care services offers a physician specialized in the treatment of wound infections to assist in the care of these complicated problems.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a very effective way to help the body heal wounds and fight infection.
  • Surgical Consults: Surgery consultation is also available as an option for those with recurring problems caused by complications of the bone structures of the foot and ankle.

 

When to Seek Treatment
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should consult with your physician for a referral to The Mercy Health Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at St. Charles Hospital or St. Vincent Medical Center:

  • Open areas of the skin that have not shown any healing improvement in two weeks
  • Wounds that have been present for four weeks or longer
  • Wounds that are infected including symptoms of increased pain, redness, drainage, fever and/or swelling at or around the wound site
  • Wounds that heal, but reopen
  • Diabetic feet with cracks or sores, especially with a callous present, or no feeling in the foot
Most chronic wounds can take serveral weeks of treatment for complete healing. If an infection is present, healing is delayed even further. Appropriate disease management of the wound and patient education can assist in healing the wound and possibly preventing future problems.

 

Other Services Available

  • Physical Therapy - therapy services assist wound healing such as whirlpool therapy, pulse lavage, and E-stim. Pulse lavage uses high pressure water applied directly to the wound to stimulate healing. E-stim is a treatment which sends electrical pulses into the wound to encourage healing.
  • Nutrition Screening / Education - every patient receives a nutritional screening during their first visit. Further nutritional counseling is available as needed by the patient. Dieticians also provide one to one teaching for patients about proper diet and nutrition to improve the body's ability to heal.

 

Accessing Treatment
You can be referred to by your family physician, or you may schedule an appointment yourself. While you may be seen and treated by another physician while at the center, you still retain you family physician and he/she will remain in control of your overall care. Your family physician will receive updates on your care and progress.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment:
Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital: 419-696-6220
Mercy Health - St. Vincent Medical Center: 419-251-5271