Our team approach is designed to:
- Correct the underlying causes of the wound
- Control infection
- Improve overall health and nutrition
Our trained specialists follow a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing. After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan designed to help heal these complicated wounds. We work to address the underlying cause of the problem, control infection and improve the overall health of our patients. We are committed to providing care with dignity and respect, and we focus on the whole person by considering your physical and emotional needs, because we know these are integral parts of the healing process. Our staff will coordinate your care with your primary care physician to ensure your overall well-being.
Evaluating Your Wound
The first time you visit the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, you will be given a comprehensive evaluation that includes your medical history, a physician exam, photographs of your wound, blood work and non-invasive tests needed to help develop your treatment plan. Please bring:
- All medications you currently take, including over-the-counter medicine and/or supplements
- A list of any allergies
- Your insurance information
- X-rays, if available
During your evaluation, you should discuss any questions or concerns with your wound care team to be sure you understand your treatment plan. Your commitment and active participation in your care are
essential to success.
Depending on your overall health and medical condition, there are many types of wounds that resist traditional treatment methods, including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Radiation burns
- Lower leg ulcers
- Postoperative infections
- Pressure ulcers
- Slow or non-healing surgical wounds
- Bone infections
- Failing skin/muscle grafts or flaps
- Brown recluse spider bites
- Skin tears or lacerations
Whatever the cause, any wound that is present for 30 days or more is cause for concern and should be evaluated by specialists in wound healing.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
At North Vista Hospital, we offer state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to help heal wounds. Over the course of several treatments, many patients achieve wound healing that is not otherwise possible using other methods.
HBOT allows you to breathe 100% oxygen at an increased pressure in a special chamber. This increases the level of oxygen in your tissues to promote healing and fight infection.
Other Treatment Options
- Specialty Wound Dressings- Medicines and dressings can sometimes encourage wounds to close and heal.
- Debridement- The removal of dead tissue around the wound, or debridement, is often needed to clean the wound and promote healing.
- Antibiotics- Antibiotics are often used, even if an infection is not clearly present. This is done to prevent an infection. Usually antibiotics are administered for 4-6 weeks.
- Alleviation of Weight- bearing Wounds- Keeping pressure off of foot ulcers promotes healing. Sometimes special casts or boots are placed on the foot to “off-load” pressure from the ulcer.
- Blood Sugar Control- Infected ulcers are likely to cause high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels lower immune response and prevent wound healing. Adjustments in diet or medications can aid in fighting infections and healing wounds. Sometimes insulin shots are needed in the short term to achieve optimal blood sugar control.
- Skin Grafts- A bio-engineered skin graft or human skin graft can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers which fail to heal with conventional treatments. Skin grafts have been shown to speed up the healing process.
- Surgery- Bypass surgery to improve blood flow within the arteries of the legs may help with wound healing and spare amputations. As a last resort, amputation surgery may be needed to stop the spread of infection to the rest of the body
Address and Directions
Wound Care Center
1815 E. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 100
N. Las Vegas, NV 89030