Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Heal Better, Faster.
If you have a wound that does not heal, even after weeks or months of care,
the specialized services of the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
may be able to help. Whether your wound is the result of circulatory problems,
diabetes or some other medical condition, our highly skilled team of physicians
on the medical staff and nurses will work to develop a treatment plan
tailored to your unique needs. Our team approach is designed to:
- Correct the underlying causes of the wound
- Control infection
- Improve overall health and nutrition
Our trained specialists follow a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing.
After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized
plan designed to help heal these complicated wounds. We work to address
the underlying cause of the problem, control infection and improve the
overall health of our patients. We are committed to providing care with
dignity and respect, and we focus on the whole person by considering your
physical and emotional needs, because we know these are integral parts
of the healing process. Our staff will coordinate your care with your
primary care physician to ensure your overall well-being.
For more information about wound therapy, please call 702-657-1506.
Evaluating Your Wound
The first time you visit the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center,
you will be given a comprehensive evaluation that includes your medical
history, a physician exam, photographs of your wound, blood work and non-invasive
tests needed to help develop your treatment plan. Please bring:
- All medications you currently take, including over-the-counter medicine
- A list of any allergies
- Your insurance information
- X-rays, if available
During your evaluation, you should discuss any questions or concerns with
your wound care team to be sure you understand your treatment plan. Your
commitment and active participation in your care are
essential to success.
Depending on your overall health and medical condition, there are many
types of wounds that resist traditional treatment methods, including:
- Slow or non-healing surgical wounds
- Failing skin/muscle grafts or flaps
- Brown recluse spider bites
- Skin tears or lacerations
Whatever the cause, any wound that is present for 30 days or more is cause
for concern and should be evaluated by specialists in wound healing.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
At North Vista Hospital, we offer state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy
(HBOT) to help heal wounds. Over the course of several treatments, many
patients achieve wound healing that is not otherwise possible using other methods.
HBOT allows you to breathe 100% oxygen at an increased pressure in a special
chamber. This increases the level of oxygen in your tissues to promote
healing and fight infection.
Other Treatment Options
Specialty Wound Dressings- Medicines and dressings can sometimes encourage wounds to close and heal.
Debridement- The removal of dead tissue around the wound, or debridement, is often
needed to clean the wound and promote healing.
Antibiotics- Antibiotics are often used, even if an infection is not clearly present.
This is done to prevent an infection. Usually antibiotics are administered
for 4-6 weeks.
Alleviation of Weight-bearing Wounds- Keeping pressure off of foot ulcers promotes healing. Sometimes special
casts or boots are placed on the foot to "off-load" pressure from the ulcer.
Blood Sugar Control- Infected ulcers are likely to cause high blood sugar levels. High blood
sugar levels lower immune response and prevent wound healing. Adjustments
in diet or medications can aid in fighting infections and healing wounds.
Sometimes insulin shots are needed in the short term to achieve optimal
blood sugar control.
Skin Grafts- A bio-engineered skin graft or human skin graft can be used to treat
diabetic foot ulcers which fail to heal with conventional treatments.
Skin grafts have been shown to speed up the healing process.
Surgery- Bypass surgery to improve blood flow within the arteries of the legs
may help with wound healing and spare amputations. As a last resort, amputation
surgery may be needed to stop the spread of infection to the rest of the body
Address and Directions
Wound Care Center
1815 E. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 100
N. Las Vegas, NV 89030