Wound Care at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Wound Center
- Poor Circulation
- Pressure ulcers
- Bad veins
- Autoimmune disorders
- Access to specially-trained wound care physicians and nurses
- Access to the latest technology including hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Constant communication between you, your primary care physician and case manager
- Physician management and debridement
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Application of advanced wound dressings
- Application of topical growth factors
- Wound Vac technology
- Application of biological skin substitutes
- Application of advanced topical medications
About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 814.452.7878
The wound and Hyperbaric Center at Saint Vincent is a hospital-based outpatient service. The Center's wound management model includes a wide variety of treatments for chronic and non-healing wounds, such as debridement, vacuum-assisted wound closure, biosynthetic skin substitutes, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Approximately 20% of the Center's wound care patients receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which stimulates circulation and promotes healing. During a hyperbaric oxygen session, the patient is placed in a cylindrical acrylic chamber with 100% oxygen under pressure, which delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, accelerating the healing rate of wounds.
The average course of healing lasts about two hours on 30-35 consecutive days (excluding weekends). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and typically requires neither pain medication nor sedation. Early intervention with hyperbaric oxygen therapy can prevent unnecessary pain and suffering , and can support a patient's return to a normal lifestyle.
Patients may self-refer or be referred to Saint Vincent's Wound and Hyperbaric Center by a physician. The Center accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. For more information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, call 814.452.7878.