Wound Healing Center
The Wound Healing Center at Grays Harbor Community Hospital opened in 2009 and has treated thousands of patients with chronic wounds. We have a team of trained providers from different specialties who will assess your wounds, develop a course of treatment and communicate your progress back to your primary care provider. It is our goal to help you heal as quickly as possible so you can return to your normal lifestyle.
If you have a wound that has not begun to heal in 4 weeks or is not completely healed in 6 weeks, you may benefit from our proven, best-practice methodologies at the Wound Healing Center. Below are some of the most common indications for our specialized therapy:
- Diabetic ulcers.
- Pressure ulcers.
- Ischemic ulcers.
- Venous insufficiency.
- Skin tears or lacerations.
- Nonhealing surgical wounds.
- Traumatic wounds.
- Other chronic nonhealing wounds.
Advanced treatment options
The Wound Healing Center has access to advanced modalities that can help you heal faster. Based on your assessment, your provider may order:
- Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue).
- Bioengineered tissue substitutes.
- Negative wound pressure therapy.
- Advanced dressings.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) consists of the patient lying on a comfortable bed in a clear acrylic chamber while they are subject to a 100 percent oxygenated environment at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. This unique environment enables patients' blood plasma to absorb 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen in the body's tissue. This oxygenated blood helps to heal problematic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used for:
- Wagner grade 3 diabetic foot ulcers.
- Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis.
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis.
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps.
- Crush injuries.
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency.
Each hyperbaric chamber has its own TV/DVD players, so that you can relax during your treatment. The clear walls on the chamber allow you to communicate with the hyperbaric technician who is continuously monitoring your progress. A typical HBO treatment will take about 90 minutes, and patients benefit from continued use.
If you think you may benefit from our specialized care, please ask your primary care provider or contact us at 360.537.6300 for more information. We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns.