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Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine

York Hospital’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is a center of excellence for the treatment and care of acute and chronic, non-healing wounds. Every year 3 to 5 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other conditions.

Our state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care center is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and advanced treatment options for the management of problem wounds.

Advanced wound-care treatment

As an advanced wound caxre center, our team of specially trained health care providers utilize an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to treating a wide range of acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous and arterial ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Skin tears
  • Burns
  • Wounds with soft tissue or bone infection
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Dermatologic/inflammatory wounds
  • Atypical wounds

Customized, collaborative treatment plans

Our dedicated team will work with the patient in developing a customized treatment plan. We not only treat the wound, we collaborate with the patient's team of health care providers, home health nurses, and caregivers to manage the healing process. Most patients will come to the center for weekly visits. Patients work with the same team members for continuity of care, building a relationship that greatly enhances the healing process and sets the patient up for success. Treatments and additional services we offer are:

  • Specialty Wound Dressings
  • Serial Debridement
  • Cellular Tissue Products
  • Negative Pressure Therapy
  • Compression Therapy
  • Total Contact Casting
  • Offloading and Pressure Management
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
  • Outpatient Referrals for additional care needed: 
    • Rehabilitation Services
    • Lymphedema Specialist
    • Social Work Services
    • Home Care Services
    • Orthotist or Prosthetist
    • Specialty Providers

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive and painless treatment in which a patient lies in a mono-place (single) pressurized chamber while breathing 100% oxygen. HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, which promotes the formation of new blood vessels in damaged tissue and facilitates new tissue growth. This delivery of more oxygen to the wounded tissue assists in the healing process.

HBOT also inhibits the growth of bacteria therefore; it can be helpful in fighting a variety of infections. Our center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Patients receive daily treatments Monday to Friday. The number of treatments prescribed by the Hyperbaric Provider depends on  patient condition and response to therapy.

Most patients receive between 30-40 treatments lasting approximately two hours each. Patients rest comfortably in the clear acrylic chamber and may relax by watching television or listening to music. The specially trained hyperbaric nurse can communicate with the patient during the treatment and monitors the patient at all times.

Several medical problems may benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

  • Diabetic Wounds of the Lower Extremities
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
  • Compromised Grafts and Flaps
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Arterial Insufficiencies
  • Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and other acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Gas Gangrene

Additional health resources

For helpful patient education information about wound healing and hyperbaric medicine, click here.

For general medicine patient education, visit Medline Plus.

York Hospital Wound Care Center Receives Healogics Center of Distinction Award

For the sixth straight year, York Hospital’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is a recipient of the Healogics Center of Distinction award. Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. York Hospital’s wound care team achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including a higher than 92 percent patient satisfaction rate.

Healogics Center of Distinction award

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