The healing of a wound involves a complex chain of events in the body. First, special blood cells called platelets stick to the injured area to form a temporary plug. At the same time, proteins are activated to form a tissue glue called fibrin, which is laid down at the site of the platelet plug to make it secure. Eventually, scar tissue forms to complete the healing. But sometimes a wound does not heal as quickly or completely as it should, and specialized therapy is needed. To meet this need, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has provided a unique center designed to treat wounds that have difficulty healing.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine treats patients whose wounds have not healed with various types of treatments to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This form of therapy introduces patients to an environment of 100% oxygen through the use of a pressurized chamber.
Wounds originate from various causes and conditions, and they are among the most common health problems today. The types of wounds cared for at The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine include those resulting from:
WOUND CARE INFO:
- Venous insufficiency
(which can contribute to leg sores)
- Pressure ulcers
(also known as bed sores)
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
Since 2004, The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has treated over 3,500 patients for hard-to-heal wounds. The Center’s proven experience with outcomes that exceed industry standards, earned them the Diversified Clinical Services Center of Distinction Award in 2010, placing them among the top in the nation.
The way in which a wound is treated depends on the type of wound and the cause. Some of the causes of delayed wound healing include:
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes
- Pressure from prolonged bed rest
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Radiation therapy treatments
- The use of certain medications