Wound Care at Clarion Hospital
The Wound Care Center is dedicated to the treatment of patients with chronic non-healing wounds resulting from a variety of causes including diabetes and vascular disease. Nearly five million Americans suffer with chronic wounds that don’t heal or fail to improve within four weeks. While most wounds heal quickly, there are specific types of wounds that cause severe problems if left untreated. Three main factors for non-healing wounds include: diabetes, poor circulation and limited mobility.
What Type of Treatment Can I Expect at the Wound Center?
The Wound Care Center offers evidence based care which is proven to reduce complications and amputations related to chronic,
Wound Care May Include:
- Patient and wound assessment
- Wound measurement and photographs
- Debridement to aid in the removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue by surgical or other means to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue
- Infectious disease management through the use of appropriate antibiotics
- Laboratory and Vascular evaluations
- Advanced wound dressings
- Compression dressings
- Prosthetic and pressure relief assistance
- Wound VAC
- General and Vascular Surgery
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or Hyperbaric Medicine is a non-invasive procedure often used to treat chronic non-healing wounds. During treatment, the patient rests in a chamber containing 100% oxygen at pressures of more than one atmosphere. Hyperbaric treatments typically last about 2 hours. For most patients, it is a 2 hour restful session. They can listen to music, watch TV, talk to family members, or simply take a nap.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy:
- Advanced wound healing
- Formation of new blood vessels
- Increased infection control
- Preservation of damaged tissues
- Elimination of Toxic Substances
Commonly Treated Conditions:
- Chronic bone infections
- Non-Healing diabetic foot ulcers
- Failing skin grafts
- Delayed effects of radiation
- Radiation Cystitis/Proctitis
- Osteoradionecrosis of the jaw
What to Expect on Your First Visit:
- You or your physician will call for an initial appointment. Referrals are not necessary. An appointment will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.
- Bring all medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and a list of allergies with you on the first visit.
- Bring insurance information for verification.
- Your initial evaluation could take up to 2 hours. This time is spent taking a complete history and physical, wound evaluation, photographs, blood work and other tests to assist us in individualizing your plan of care.
- Consultation appointments with specialty physicians, surgeons, radiology and diabetes education departments of other services will be made based on your needs.
- The Wound Center accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients. Most insurance providers cover all or a portion of outpatient wound care related treatments.
You are the Key to Success in Your Treatment Program
Much of the success of your wound treatment depends on your level of commitment and participation. As an active member of your wound care team, you will need to follow directions carefully, watch your progress closely and keep your appointments.
When to Seek Help
- A Wound That Hasn’t Improved In A Month
- Diabetic Foot Ulcer
- Pressure Ulcers
- Surgical Wound That Is Not Healing
- Vascular Disease With Poor Circulation
- Lower Extremity Edema/ Swelling Of The Feet/Ankles
- Spider And Insect Bites
- Trauma Wounds
- Venous Stasis Ulcers
- Dog or Wild Animal Bites—50% Become Infected
Patients benefit from an advanced level of care provided by our specialty trained staff:
Lisa Cheatle, RN, WCC, Nurse Manager
Marcia Rossman, PhD, EMT-P, Hyperbaric Technician
Medical Director for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Charles Huston, M.D, F.A.C.S.
Thomas J. Miller, DPM
John Wagner, DPM
Timothy Scott, DPM
We Look Forward To Treating Your Wound Care Needs.
24 Doctors Lane, Suite 103 Clarion, PA 16214
Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
7:30 am – Noon
Please call the Center for Wound Care at Clarion Hospital for more information: