Wound Care & Infectious Diseases
Whether we’re caring for slow-healing wounds or diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, Hancock Health has expertise to help you understand your condition and support you through its treatment.
Understanding Wound Care
If you’re dealing with a chronic, non-healing wound, Hancock Health is ready to diagnose your condition and assist your body’s natural healing with advanced, customized treatments that can include therapy in our two hyperbaric oxygen chambers (both of which are fully transparent and equipped for audiovisual entertainment during treatment).
You may require advanced wound care if you’re dealing with:
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Crush injury or acute traumatic limb ischemia
- Tissue damage from radiation therapy (radionecrosis or osteoradionecrosis)
- Ulcers (pressure, diabetic, neuropathic, or ischemic)
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Inflamed blood vessels (vasculitis)
- Skin irritations around stomas
- Lumpy jaw (or other actinomycosis)
- Flesh-eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis)
Types of Treatment
As a patient of our Center for Wound Healing, your customized treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Infectious disease management
- Removal of dead tissue (debridement)
- Nuclear medicine or radiology
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes wound healing by delivering 100% oxygen, under pressure, to a patient’s bloodstream. The treatment speeds the healing rate and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels to improve circulation. Supervised by one of Indiana’s few providers who is Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (as well as Wound Medicine Surgery), our two hyperbaric oxygen chambers maximize patent comfort with transparent surroundings and audiovisual equipment that lets patients watch TV, take in a movie, or listen to music during treatment.
Diagnosing Infectious Diseases
Effective treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. While many infectious diseases are easily diagnosed, others (such as bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasitic infections) can be more difficult to assess and may relate to other medical conditions. In these cases, specialists at Hancock Health can work with other providers—and, if necessary, consult with Mayo Clinic—to pinpoint the sources of a patient’s disorder and recommend a customized plan for treatment.
Once an infectious disease has been correctly diagnosed, specialists at Hancock Health can join with other members of your care team to identify your most appropriate treatment option—which, in most cases, will be administered by your primary care or internal medicine provider. Whenever possible, we pursue a targeted approach to antibiotic treatment that will remove harmful bacteria in your body without destroying helpful ones.
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