Wound Care

Healing wounds is an important step in the rehabilitation process. When you are admitted, our wound care team assesses your wound, including where you are in the healing process, and develops a plan of care specifically for you.

The goal of our wound care is for you to experience:

  • Improved overall emotional well-being
  • Improved ability to perform daily activities, such as taking a shower or working on a hobby
  • Improved quality of life, becoming more independent and self-reliant
  • Fewer complications and hospitalizations
  • Increased knowledge regarding disease process and its management
  • Increased strength and endurance

Our full range of services, which follow national standards of care and research, may include but are not limited to: 

  • Surgical services and consultations, including debridement and surgical wound closure
  • Daily physician visits and a wide scope of physician consults
  • Acute care level nursing staff services
  • Identification and treatment of conditions that impede healing
  • Wound assessment and photo documentation
  • Pressure reduction surface/mattresses or specialized beds
  • State-of-the-art treatments and procedures
  • Functional and nutritional assessments
  • Vacuum-assisted wound device
  • Pulsatile lavage/localized hydrotherapy
  • Wide variety of topical agents
  • Interdisciplinary team conferences with you and your family 
  • Education for you and your family 
  • IV antibiotics
  • In-house radiology, pharmacy and lab services
  • Fistula Management
  • Ostomy Care

Some of the wounds we treat are: 

  • Surgical Wounds 
    • Open non-healing post-surgical wounds
    • Localized incisions
    • Infected and/or draining wounds
  • Pressure Ulcers with Complications 
    • Multiple stage II
    • Stage III or IV

Other wounds associated with:

  • Infections requiring IV antibiotics
  • Wounds requiring frequent dressing changes
  • Amputations
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Venous stasis
  • Post-trauma
  • Burns
  • Arterial wounds

 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a process in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at above-normal atmospheric pressure, increasing the delivery of oxygen to the body. This oxygen enhances the body’s natural healing process. Studies show the treatment to be very helpful in aiding the body’s recovery from certain kinds of wounds and other medical injuries.

In wound care, HBOT is used for select chronic, non-healing wounds, osteomyelitis, and failing skin grafts and flaps. The compromised tissue is super-saturated with oxygen and new capillary growth occurs. There are many benefits to augmenting wound treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, i.e. hyperoxygenation, angiogenesis, fibroblast proliferation, leukocyte oxidative killing, toxin inhibition and antibiotic synergies. Patients will be given a treatment plan tailored to their individual medical needs.

With chronic, non-healing wounds becoming a multi-million dollar healthcare problem, Kindred Hospital is ready to meet the growing demands for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Types of wounds treated include:

  • Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts, excludes artificial skin graft
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomyeosis
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities