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Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center @ North Carolina Specialty Center

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The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, managed by Healogics™, provides specialized treatment for WHC Exterior Photo chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.

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That's where our Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health. In addition to these comprehensive treatments, the adjunctive use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven effective in reducing swelling, fighting infection, and building new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue.

Our team of specialty certified physicians will range from General Surgeons, Plastics Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists that will allow us to provide you with an unparalleled level of advanced treatments. Our panel of physicians will be able to readily consult with each other allowing for an expedited care approach to your specific wound healing needs.

See some of our successes: Healogics™ Patient Successes

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Venous Statis Ulcer
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Pressure Ulcer
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Photos of General wounds: Diabetic Foot Ulcer
Diabetic Foot Ulcer
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Chronic wounds: a growing problem.

Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life. Almost 24 million Americans-one in every 12-are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes-populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase. At the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center @ NC Specialty Hospital, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

Partnership with the leading wound care management team leads to successful healing.

Through a partnership with Healogics™, North Carolina Specialty Hospital is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Healogics™ is the world's largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics™ has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics™ Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.

A comprehensive team of wound care specialists.

The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center @ NC Specialty Hospital is designed to complement your physicians' services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

What to expect from the first appointment.

Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to a Healogics™ Wound Healing Center, patients undergo a thorough Photo of patient checkin in at front desk diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. At the initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient's ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient's needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

What is specialized wound care?

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing.

Preparing for your treatments.

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.

In the case of prescribed hyperbaric medicine: for safety reasons there are certain items not allowed inside the chambers. Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment:

  • Make-up, nail polish, perfume, aftershave
  • Flammable materials
  • Wigs/hairpieces, hairspray and hair oils
  • Hearing aids
  • Alcohol or petroleum based products
  • Metallic items (such as jewelry, watches, and coins)
  • Ask your hyperbaric chamber technician about contact lens use

Note: You should also refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body. Before starting your treatment session, you will change into a 100% cotton garment provided by the Center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the chamber.

Is hyperbaric medicine safe, and how does it work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with Photo of HBO unit with chambers main focus televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.

Medicare and most healthcare plans reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for 'currently accepted indications.' Our courteous and professional staff is available to assist you with all of your personal insurance issues.

See some of our successes: Healogics™ Patient Successes

What to expect during hyperbaric medicine treatment

Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually increase and the temperature will temporarily rise. When the desired pressure is achieved, the temperature will be adjusted to your comfort. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately one-and-a-half hours. When the treatment is completed, the chamber is restored to normal pressure and the interior of the chamber will become cooler.

If you are sick or on medication.

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

The possibility of side effects of hyperbaric medicine.

You may experience temporary vision changes which should return to normal within a few weeks after your therapy is completed. Our physicians recommend that you not change the prescription of your eyewear during the course of your therapy. Some patients experience fatigue during treatment. This is completely normal.

We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at North Carolina Specialty Hospital
4315 Ben Franklin Blvd., Suite 101 Durham, NC 27704
Phone: 919-595-8490
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am
Closed Holidays and Weekends.
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About Healogics™

Healogics Healogics™, formerly Diversified Clinical Services (DCS) and National healing Corporation (NHC) located in Jacksonville, Florida, is the world's largest wound care management company with over 500 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics™ has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities-including adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Providing outstanding wound care is Healogics™' entire focus. Our leaders are internationally recognized experts in wound care, who research, teach, and guide quality-improvement initiatives such as Healogics™' Clinical Practice Guidelines. Based on our experience of treating more than two million wounds, Healogics™ Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction. Together, we heal wounds and improve patients' lives. www.Healogics.com

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