Help for Hard to Heal Wounds
Some wounds (any type of break in the skin) heal on their own with a bandage and a little patience, but those that don't heal normally require specialized and aggressive medical treatment. If a wound does not improve after four weeks, or does not heal within eight weeks, it is considered a non-healing wound.
Non-healing wounds can cause deeper skin erosion, infection and complications which can be damaging to organs and limbs, and even be life threatening — especially for those with diabetes and heart conditions.
The Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center
Conveniently located in the Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center's Medical Office Building II, the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is an outpatient clinic operated in conjunction with Healogics™, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The specialists at the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center evaluate and treat a variety of wounds, including:
- Pressure sores (stages 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Ulcers (neuropathic and others)
- Surgical incisions
- Ischemic wounds
Typical treatments include removing unhealthy tissue, oral medication as well as topical solutions. The Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center also offers advanced therapies, such as negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics. In some cases, a more complex treatment plan involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBT) may be used to treat non-healing wounds. For wounds to heal properly, patients must be active participants in their treatment. This includes following directions for home wound care, such as changing dressings and protecting against from further injuries.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The air we breathe consists of 21 percent oxygen at an air pressure of approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBT), a patient lies in a clear acrylic chamber and breathes 100 percent oxygen at pressures two to three times the atmosphere's normal pressure. This allows the body to absorb more oxygen than normal. As a result, oxygen-rich blood flows to a wound site, speeding the wound healing process and leading to a number of benefits such as decreased swelling, the formation of new micro blood vessels and increased protection against infection.
Conditions that respond most favorably to HBT are bone infections that do not heal with standard treatment, crush injuries and reattachment of severed limbs, deep tissue injury from radiation therapy and skin grafts or flaps that are not healing.
HBT sessions last about two hours and patients can listen to music, watch TV or take a nap while in the chamber.
Limb Salvage Program
Spring Valley Hospital's Limb Salvage Program focuses on prevention and early intervention to heal conditions affecting the legs, feet and toes and help prevent the loss of a limb.
The program uses a variety of medical specialists, including wound care, cardiology and podiatry, who work together to develop a combination of treatments that will improve circulation and promote healing. If amputation is necessary, the goal is to limit its scope and severity, and connect patients with additional resources for rehabilitation and therapy.
The Limb Salvation Program can benefit those with diabetes, who are often at greater risk of foot or leg amputation because of complications from peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow to the feet. The program can also help those with bone infections, leg swelling, surgical wounds, pressure sores, radiation injuries or other injuries to the arteries. For more information, call 702-902-1770.
Please bring the following to your first appointment at the Center:
- A list of all medications you're currently taking including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins and homeopathic remedies
- A list of any allergies or sensitivities you have
- Medical records, including x-rays, if you have them
- Insurance cards and identification
The Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center (Spring Valley Hospital campus, Medical Building II)
5320 South Rainbow Boulevard
Suite 154 Rainbow/Hacienda
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
If you need a referral to a wound care specialist or or other physician at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, call our free Direct Doctors Plus referral service at 702-388-4888.