Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
If a wound hasn't healed in four weeks, it's time to come in for a wound evaluation.
That wound could develop into a chronic, non-healing wound. And left untreated, it could cause serious, even permanent damage.
That's why we created the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. This state-of-the-art, outpatient resource is a specialized wound care facility with three hyperbaric oxygen chambers and six treatment areas that provide the most advanced techniques available.
We specialize in the treatment of chronic wounds and advanced conditions that have not responded to previous therapies. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (for conditions that qualify), the center also uses vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center specializes in
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Arterial ulcers - occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries reducing the amount of blood delivered to the body.
- Venous ulcers - develop when blood pools in the lower leg veins leading to tissue breakdown. This pooling problem is usually a result of the veins' inability to move blood back toward the heart.
- Pressure sores/ulcers - also known as bed sores. These sores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue usually caused by unrelieved pressure.
- Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Gangrene - dead tissue caused by an infection or lack of blood flow.
- Radiation injuries
- Soft tissue infections
- Post-op infections
The skilled and caring medical staff includes registered nurse case managers and physicians who are specialists in general surgery, plastic surgery, internal medicine, podiatry and hyperbaric medicine. The Wound Center team works with patients and their caregivers to not only heal their wounds but to effectively manage the underlying conditions that caused the wounds.
After performing a thorough exam of a new patient's wound, including taking photographs to track wound healing progress, the center's clinical staff becomes a partner with the patient's doctor. Through regular reports and phone calls, the center works with the patient's doctors and other experts in the program to develop a total approach to treatment and care. Evidence-based and best practice driven treatments mean patients do not undergo any treatment or progress to a new level of treatment until the need is clearly indicated.
Patients may self-refer. In most instances treatments are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans without requiring a referral. Download a referral form.
Referral to the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center can be made when any of the following criteria apply:
- Full or partial thickness wounds that fail to show significant clinical improvement
- Other necrotizing soft tissue (subcutaneous, muscle, fascia) infections
- Radiation tissue injury (soft tissue and osteoradionecrosis)
- Crush injury
- Compromised or failing skin graft and flaps
- Brown recluse spider bites
- Vascular insufficiency ulcers
- Diabetic/neuropathic wounds
- Lymphedema/venous stasis
- Pressure ulcers/decubitus
- Post-op infections
- Non-healing infected wounds