Wound Care

Wound Care

What is wound care?

Any person who has a wound that lasts for more than a month or is getting worse, may benefit from specialized wound care. Many regular physicians’ offices are not equipped with the supplies and medications used to treat different types of problem wounds. In addition, a physician who has completed additional training in wounds may be helpful in sorting out the underlying cause of lack of healing. Common conditions treated include: diabetic foot ulcers, non-healing surgical or injury sites, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, pressure ulcers and burns.

At the Baptist Health Wound & Hyperbaric Center, patients see a physician specializing in non-healing wounds, who evaluates and directs their individual course of treatment. That physician also collaborates with other healthcare professionals who may be needed, including physical therapists, nutritionists and surgeons. The Primary Care physician is kept informed of treatment and progress, and he or she continues to treat any other medical needs that may arise.

The Baptist Health Wound & Hyperbaric Center is located on the North Little Rock campus at 3333 Springhill Drive. For more information, please call (501) 202-3638 or toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

What treatment options are available?

The treatment program at the Baptist Health Wound & Hyperbaric Center involves regular visits, including measurement and evaluation of the wound to ensure proper healing, and to adjust treatment if any changes are necessary. Special medications or procedures that will promote healing may also be utilized. Patients are always involved in the plan of care and are instructed in ways to help with the healing process, including dressing changes and diet and lifestyle modifications. They are taught to monitor their own progress between visits and are asked to inform the Wound & Hyperbaric Center of any problems.

  • Specialized Dressings. Some have medicines or chemicals within the fibers of the dressing which promote healing and limit the potential for infection; there are also different levels of absorbancy, depending on need. Different types of dressings are indicated for different types of problems.

  • Specialized Outer Wraps. Some wounds require extra compression of the tissue to heal correctly, while some require a unique shape to hold the dressings in place.

  • Debridement. Some wounds have unhealthy tissue in the wound bed which must be removed before healthy tissue can grow.

  • Infection Control. Any time there is an open wound, there is a chance for infection to become established. Wounds need to be monitored for infection and treated, if necessary.

  • Bio-synthetic Grafts. Synthetic skin substitutes may be needed to promote growth and development of skin during healing.

  • Vacuum-assisted Wound Closure. This procedure continuously removes debris and infectious material from the wound surface and promotes healing.

  • Nutritional Guidance. Wounds need certain vitamins, minerals and proteins in order to heal properly.

  • Additional Medical Tests. To get to the underlying cause of why a wound won't heal, other tests may be needed.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. For selected cases, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be needed to promote angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels into wounded tissues) and to help fight certain types of infections. This type of treatment involves the patient being placed in a large, single person chamber, breathing 100% oxygen under pressure greater than one atmosphere absolute (ATA). Therapy is performed under the supervision of the physician and a specially-trained technician.

  • Transcutaneous Oximetry Measurement (TCOM). Non-invasive testing for Peripheral Vascular Disease.