Washington Opens Wound Care Center

October 11, 2011

Carlene Miller, RN, a wound care specialist

at Mercy Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center,

demonstrates how patients enter the hyperbaric

chamber. Hyperbaric therapy uses 100 percent

pressurized oxygen to treat hard-to-heal wounds.

People with serious wounds now have a place close to home to receive treatment. Mercy has opened the Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care Center in Washington, which is led by board-certified physicians trained in general surgery and hyperbaric medicine and features a staff skilled in wound care and hyperbaric therapy.

“Many things can impede the body’s natural ability to heal. With wounds, the inability to heal can become very serious, even life threatening,” said Dr. Jonathan Limpert, MD, director. “Wounds that aren’t healing properly need specialized, innovative approaches that our center offers.”  

The Center offers comprehensive treatment, total contact casting and surgical debridement; bio-engineered skin substitutes; negative pressure wound therapy; transcutaneous oxygen measurement; patient and caregiver education; and hyperbaric therapy. Patients begin with a diagnosis and treatment plan, and care is coordinated with the patient’s referring physicians.

“In hyperbaric therapy, patients are placed in a sealed chamber where they receive 100 percent pressurized oxygen,” said Dr. Limpert. “When a patient is breathing oxygen under pressure, it increases the oxygen in the blood, which can reduce swelling, fight infections, build new blood vessels and generate the production of healthy tissue.” 

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are approved by Medicare and most private insurances for some acute conditions and a few chronic conditions. Patients are typically treated in 90-minute sessions, five days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. Patients are under constant monitoring by staff and can easily communicate with them.  

Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care Center is located in Suite 226 in the Mercy Medical Building, 851 East Fifth Street in Washington. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and most appointments can be scheduled within 48 hours. Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurances are accepted. For more information, call 636-239-8827.

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