Chronic wounds require compassionate care
The Advanced Wound Healing Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, with offices in Palm Springs and La Quinta, provides specialized care to those suffering from chronic wounds, including:
- A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and other wound-care specialists
- Advanced healing options for chronic wounds
- Diagnostic testing and prevention education
- Therapies that include hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Some wounds require advanced dressings or extensive treatments that are difficult to provide in a private-office setting. Complex wounds may require multiple additional therapies or experienced wound nurses to provide specialized care. Before comprehensive wound centers, a patient with a chronic wound was shuffled from one healthcare provider to another in order to receive the necessary, specialized care. Now, all of your wound management is in one place at Desert Regional.
What is a chronic wound?
If you or a loved one has a wound or ulcer that hasn’t started to heal within a month, or has not healed entirely within two months, you may have a chronic wound. Underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous cancer treatment can cause or complicate these wounds. Other types of chronic wounds can result from pressure ulcers, trauma or infection. They include:
- Bone infections
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Failing skin grafts
- Lower-leg ulcers
- Post-operative infections
- Radiation injuries
- Slow- or non-healing surgical wounds
No matter what the cause, chronic wounds can have serious health consequences and adversely affect your quality of life.
Desert Regional also treats other types of wounds, including:
- Burns (varies by location)
- Crush injuries
- Skin tears and lacerations
Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing you with the most advanced healing options. In addition to diagnostic testing and prevention education, available therapies include specialty dressings, compression therapy, biologic skin substitutes and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Advanced therapies, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
With Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy, you breathe 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about 2 ½ times greater than the normal pressure you find in the atmosphere. This high pressure dose of oxygen promotes wound healing by helping your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and connective tissues. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
HBO can be the primary treatment or it can be used in combination with other treatments. It is an outpatient procedure that is provided once daily, for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes about two hours and is quite comfortable for most patients.
Approved indications for HBO can include:
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (chronic bone infection)
- Osteoradionecrosis (late side effect of radiation – bone)
- Soft tissue radionecrosis (late side effect of radiation – soft tissue)
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Progressive necrotizing infections
- Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs (acute)
- Gas gangrene (acute)
- Gas embolism
- Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
What to expect on your first visit
The course of treatment depends on the type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff of physicians and nurses will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation to the wound. This will then help to determine what course of treatment you will need, which may include:
- Tests of circulation
- Antibiotic therapy
- Pressure relieving devices
- Special dressings
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Lab work
- Nutritional counseling
- Education on wound prevention
Find our Advanced Wound Healing locations here. For more information, call the Advanced Wound Healing Center at (760) 323-4325.