Offering Hope for Wound Healing

Wound Care in ContentChronic wounds affect 6.5 million people in the U.S. This number is expected to increase by two percent annually over the next decade. Wound care is a vital health care service that may be of help to those with long-term conditions, such as diabetes or circulatory issues. Patients with ostomies, surgically created openings for waste to leave the body, and those who have experienced a traumatic injury or burn may also benefit from wound care services.

When a wound goes untreated, it can jeopardize a person’s health and may cause additional problems. When a wound will not heal - a specialized approach for healing is required.

Premier Health has taken a leading role addressing the growing need for quality wound care in communities across Southwest Ohio. Comprehensive wound care centers with hyperbaric services  are now located at Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital South, and Upper Valley Medical Center. These outpatient  centers are partnerships with HealogicsOff Site Icon, a wound care management company that works with more than 800 hospitals across the county. Wound care services are also provided at Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital.

What is a Wound?

A wound is a break or opening in your skin. When skin is broken, germs can enter and cause infection. There are many types of wounds. The smaller the wound, the quicker it usually heals. Large or deep wounds take longer to improve and if not treated correctly, may cause pain, a general decline in health, and lead to complications such as gangrene or an amputation of the affected limb.

Non-healing wounds can be the result of obesity, poor circulation, diabetes, immobility and radiation treatment side-effects.

To learn more, take this quiz about how to care for wounds.

Who May Benefit from Our Specialized Wound Care?

An individual whose wound has not shown improvement over the last two weeks, or has not healed within six weeks, may benefit from our care. Types of wounds we treat include:

Combining Sophisticated Healing Methods with Compassionate Care

wound care in content 2Successful treatment of difficult wounds requires an assessment and treatment of the entire patient - not just the wound. Our goal is to treat chronic wounds by building strong relationships with patients and their families, correct contributing factors such as controlling infection, and enhance the medical and nutritional status of our patients. Premier Health’s physician-led, multidisciplinary approach to wound care utilizes a variety of advanced technologies, clinical therapies, and evidence-based wound care treatment options.

Care begins with a consultation, thorough diagnostic examination, and medical history. Together, with you and your health care provider, we create a treatment plan focused on your specific needs. An individualized treatment plan of care may include one or a combination of the following:

Premier Health’s wound care centers are located in or next to our hospitals, and provide easy access to additional services you may need. Our wound care physicians often collaborate with other specialty physicians and staff ranging from medical imaging, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and nutrition services to respiratory therapy in order to treat difficult wounds.

Wound care services are available at Atrium Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

HBOT in content imageOur bodies need oxygen to fight infection, enable tissue growth, and heal. Poor circulation is often the underlying problem for a difficult wound. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is another aspect of evidence-based wound care, and has been helpful in healing complex and infected wounds. During treatments at greater than normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen. The compressed oxygen molecules saturate and allow the blood stream to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen. Other benefits of HBOT include reduced swelling and improved blood flow in damaged tissue.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes healing by improving circulation and increasing the amount of oxygen the blood stream can carry. Before hyperbaric oxygen therapy is included in a wound treatment plan of care, patients and their families are offered education and assistance with insurance. When patients receive HBOT, they are comfortably enclosed and monitored in a see-through chamber. During treatments, patients are able to watch a television located just outside the chamber, but in many cases, they find the therapy to be peaceful and will settle into a nap.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available at  Atrium Medical CenterMiami Valley Hospital South, and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Let the Healing Begin

You may be referred to one of our wound care centers by your family physician or health care provider, but a referral is not required. You or a loved one may call and schedule your first appointment without a referral.

We share your goals for a rapid recovery and return to healthy living, but we need your help. Before starting treatment, please verify coverage with your insurance company. Our staff can help if you have questions. For your initial visit, we ask you to bring:

  • A list of current medications (including aspirin, vitamins, and herbal supplements)
  • Medical records, including X-ray films, if you have them
  • Medical insurance information

Please remember, as a wound care center patient you will continue to see your  family doctor or referring health care professional for all of your non-wound related medical care.

Offering Hope for Healing

At Premier Health, we are dedicated to you and your well-being. With as much compassion as we have commitment, facilities located throughout the region, and experienced professionals, we are offer specialized wound care close to home.

If you or a loved one have a wound that won’t heal and would like to learn more, please call or visit us at:

Content Updated: June 18, 2018

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