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Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment using 100 percent oxygen under pressure to aid in the healing of many different types of wound. The air that you normally breathe has only 21 percent oxygen. While in a pressurized chamber resembling a see-through MRI machine, a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen. As a patient, our highly trained hyperbaric medicine technician will closely monitor you.

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, stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.

To schedule an appointment with a Wound Care specialist call 618.433.7066 or email us.

How do I know if specialized wound care will help me or a loved one?

If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician about a referral to our Wound Care Center, or contact us directly for an assessment. If you are a candidate for this outpatient program, the Wound Care Center will immediately work with you and your doctor to deliver the following:

  • Advanced therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy;
  • Proven clinical protocols;
  • An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs;
  • Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your treatment;
  • Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene, and more;
  • Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress.

Wound Care Center Partnership with Healogics

Through a partnership with Healogics, Alton Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Healogics is the world's largest wound care management company, with more than 500 hospital partners delivering evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for more than 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to Alton Memorial Hospital, Healogics centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 90 percent healing rate within 28 median days-to-heal and high patient satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a consultation from the Wound Care Center?

You may call the Wound Care Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment directly, call 618.433.7066

What Causes Non-Healing Wounds?

Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as "bed sores"). An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don't heal for many different reasons.

Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?

No. In fact, the Wound Care Center prefers to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We even keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.

Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?

Many health plans cover Wound Care Center treatments. Call us to determine what your specific plan covers.

What can I expect at the first appointment?

The first appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications, and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend approximately two hours at the Center on your first visit.

Is hyperbaric medicine safe?

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 televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 110 minutes a day in the chamber, five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

Wound Care Statistics (July 2012-Sept 2012)

Active patients 126
Healing percentage 96 percent
Average days-to-heal 22
Average patient encounters 9.6

(Patients are seen an average of 9.6 times during their course of treatment.)

To schedule an appointment with a Wound Care specialist call 618.433.7066 or email us.

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Alton, Illinois 62002

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