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Do wound care centers require a referral from a doctor?
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
What types of treatments do wound care centers offer?
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
- Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
- Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
- Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
- Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
- Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
- Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
- Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
How much does hyperbaric oxygen treatment cost?
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
How long does it usually take for a wound to heal?
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Do wound care centers accept health insurance?
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.
How does hyperbaric oxygen treatment work?
With increased oxygen in the bloodstream, more oxygen is directed to the injured parts of the body. The human body requires oxygen to stay healthy, and damaged tissue requires even more to heal. At a higher air pressure, the bloodstream is able to carry more oxygen than usual, which benefits any injured tissues in the body.
What is hyperbaric oxygen treatment?
When undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the patient enters a special room or tube filled with pure oxygen. The area is pressurized to three times the normal air pressure outside the room or tube. This encourages the body to take in more oxygen than normal, which the bloodstream distributes throughout the body to promote faster healing.
What is a wound care center?
A wound care center is a clinic where medical staff treat chronic wounds.
What are the most common reasons a wound does not heal?
- Lack of oxygen
- Lack of blood
- Lack of nutrients
- Exposure to an unclean environment
A chronic wound is one that doesn't heal as expected or within the normal time frame for its type.