Baptist Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Moves to Convenient New San Marco Location
March 27, 2012 | Jacksonville, FL
The Baptist Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, with two decades of experience in treating hard-to-heal wounds, moves to a new, more convenient location in the San Marco area on April2, 2012. The new center is located on the first floor of the Baptist Pavilion just off Parking Garage A on Palm Avenue, making access to wound treatment services much easier for patients.
The center features four state-of-the-art, single-occupant hyperbaric chambers and seven private treatment rooms where a team of healthcare professionals with specialized training in wound care offer comprehensive treatment programs and advanced healing therapies that are customized for each patient.
Persistent Wounds Require Specialized Care
Each year, an estimated 7 million adults in the United State experience wounds that won't heal on their own and require advanced care. “Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don't heal for many different reasons,” explains Michael Lusko, DO, medical director the Baptist Centerfor Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
“People with diabetes often acquire wounds which have a hard time healing due to poor blood flow. Older patients often have problems with vascular disease that can translate into non-healing wounds, and conditions that cause immobility may result in severe, hard-to-heal pressure ulcers. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.”
Since problem wounds are often associated with other underlying medical conditions, the center’s team of physicians, nurses and technicians are specially trained to perform an extensive assessment of all factors that may be affecting the healing process,and they develop a customized treatment plan to address the specific needs of each patient. The wound care team also works with each patient’s primary or referring physician and other specialists to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Certain Types ofWounds
HBO therapy is part of the full range of treatments offered at the wound care center and is used forcertain types of wounds, often in conjunction with other therapies. “HBO therapy works by delivering high levels of oxygen to the patient’s bloodstream in a pressurized environment, which promotes quicker healing,” says Dr. Lusko.
In addition to wound treatment,HBO therapy is used to treat a variety of other conditions including air or gas embolisms, carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries and cyanide poisoning.
Baptist Health has more than two decades of experience providing specialized treatment for persistent or complex wounds. Since 1989, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (known as HBO therapy) has been offered to patients at a location near the Emergency Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. In 2011, the center provided more than 4,800 wound care visits and 2,447 hyperbaric “dives” for treatment of patients with conditions such as “the bends,” or decompression sickness.
For more information, contact the Baptist Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Jacksonville at 904.202.1916.