Our Wound Healing Center is now open, providing a coordinated variety of specialized treatment options.. Our services include debridement, medicines, advanced dressings and support services to treat chronic, complex wounds. Additionally, we will be offering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
There are essentially two types of wounds; Acute and Chronic. High-quality wound care is essential for maintaining proper health, especially when suffering from a chronic wound. Chronic wounds are complex and can be caused by intrinsic or extrinsic influences and all age groups or patient types from the healthy to those with multiple co-morbidities can be affected. Some examples of chronics wounds may include: pressure ulcers (bed sores, etc.), diabetic ulcers, ischemia (decreased blood flow to the wound), and infection. When a wound has not healed within a four week period, specialized care can be implemented.
As one of the treatment options in the Wound Healing Center, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can be administered to help those wounds that are not healing well. This process involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, while allowing the oxygen to stimulate the damaged tissues, which helps with the healing process. Our HBOT pressurized chamber will be able to hold up to a 600-pound patient.
HBOT can help heal chronic wounds, skin grafts, and repair bone and tissue damage caused by radiation treatment. Other treatment options include: debridement, removing dead skin and tissue from the wound; application of special dressings that absorb drainage and promote healing; and surgical interventions, including skin transplantations.
Jay Ostvig, Program Director of the Wound Healing Center, has a decade of wound experience. Jay will work with physicians Dr. Brad Capawana, Dr. Susan Jones and Dr. Juan Parra to provide exceptional care to patients at the Gritman Wound Healing Center.
Our staff is nationally and/or state licensed and certified. Many of our therapists hold advanced training that allows Gritman Medical Center to conveniently answer many patients needs, so you do not have to travel out of the area for quality wound care.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our department or the services provided, please call me.
Jay Ostvig, program director
Gritman Wound Healing Center
(208) 882-HEAL (4325)