Advanced Care for Chronic & Complex Wounds
Decatur's most comprehensive premier wound clinic offers new hope for difficult to heal wounds.
The DMH Wound Clinic and Hyperbaric Medicine is comprised of the latest technologies and a staff of medical professionals who understand what it takes to make the seemingly impossible happen with healing a wound.
The DMH Wound Clinic and Hyperbaric Medicine combines state-of-the-art treatment with the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, family medicine practitioners, infectious disease physician, and a podiatrist to create a personalized plan of healing specific to each patient. We utilize a nationally recognized approach to speed your recovery as we work with your physician to create a personalized plan of healing just for you.
The DMH Wound Clinic and Hyperbaric Medicine provides a medical option for patients with chronic wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments within 30 days. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and/or arteries, and immobility, difficult to heal wounds often require a more specialized approach. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists provides a variety of medical and surgical treatments to aid in the healing of chronic and complex wounds. Our wound healing approach includes the following services:
- Regular debridement when indicated
- Appropriate dressing selection
- Individualized offloading
- Education for you and your family to help heal your wound faster
- Advanced therapies including Macon County's only Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - the increase in oxygen level helps repair tissue faster than traditional therapies
- Proven clinical protocols
- Individualized plan of care that brings you the most effective treatments for your specific needs
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your physician
Chronic wounds: a growing problem
Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life. Almost 24 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those with diabetes, more than 8 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase. At the DMH Wound Clinic and Hyperbaric Medicine, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.
We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.
To make an appointment at the DMH Wound Clinic, call (217) 876-2637.
What to expect from the first appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to the DMH Wound Care Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.