April 28, 2017

Mercy Medical Center opens new Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center

Mercy Medical Center recently opened the new Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center to treat all wounds, especially those that have become difficult to heal.

Underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous cancer treatment can turn simple wounds into a significant problem. Treatments offered at the new center include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Specialized wound dressings 
  • Off-loading (taking pressure off the wound)
  • Sharp debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Compression therapy

M. Todd Miller, M.D., vascular surgeon and medical director of the Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center, said individual treatment plans are designed to complement the care provided by patients’ physicians.

“Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect quality of life,” Dr. Miller said. “Our new center is capable of working with patients who have slow-healing or non-healing wounds or skin grafts; foot or leg ulcers; open surgical wounds; bone infections; wounds from radiation therapy; or acute traumatic and crush injuries.” 

The new center offers two state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) units. Patients breathe 100-percent pure oxygen while inside the HBO pressurized chamber, and the increased air pressure inside the chamber helps the blood carry more oxygen to organs and connective tissues to promote wound healing.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Pictured: Mercy’s wound care nurses are experienced with many wound treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). The new unit features two state-of-the-art HBO chambers.

 

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