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Making a Difference One Wound at a Time.

Posted on February 6, 2024

According to the United States National Institutes of Health, over 6.5 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Chronic wounds, known as the silent epidemic, may develop from a variety of different medical conditions, and may not heal for many different reasons. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. South Central Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides a state-of-the-art treatment center with a comprehensive approach to wound care treatment that advances the healing process.

Tiffany Keith, PA, medical provider at South Central Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine clinic, stated, “Many patients live with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to a lack of awareness of advanced wound care options. By utilizing advanced wound care modalities to treat these chronic wounds, we can expedite a patient’s wound healing to help prevent amputations and preserve a patient’s quality of life. Patients enter our clinic with severe wounds and often unable to walk, which limits their ability to enjoy life; then, fast forward several weeks after treatment, and these same patients are healing and active participants in life again. This is the reason why I practice wound care, because wound care can have a significant impact on preventing these amputations and preserving a patient’s quality of life.”

The center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, trauma wounds, burns, abscesses, and a variety of other chronic wounds, which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

Some of the leading-edge treatments offered at the Wound Care Center include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue to the wound, offloading or total contact casts, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment allows the patient to breathe pure oxygen in a pressurized room for the treatment of wounds that will not heal with other modalities.

Keith explains further. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and increase tissue growth in the wound. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers do this by utilizing a pressurized oxygen-rich environment that allows the blood plasma to carry up to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen than when a patient is breathing room air. We are proud to provide hyperbaric treatment to patients that qualify. We try to make it a very non-intimidating process. The chamber itself is made of clear acrylic, and the patient, although they are in the chamber, can watch television, read a book, or take a nap during their treatment. Patients are monitored throughout the process.”

South Central Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine has been named a Healogics Center of Excellence.

Keith states, “At our facility, we focus on developing a treatment plan for each specific patient, and we have trained our staff on the most effective, up-to-date technologies. The team is exceptional. The facility has earned consecutive awards for their excellent healing rates and patient satisfaction. I am proud of the excellent care the group provides to our community.”

For more information about South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, please call 601-426-4739. The Wound Care Center is located at 1220 Jefferson Street in Laurel on the ground floor of South Central Regional Medical Center.

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