The Center for Wound Care at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is the region’s only nationally certified wound care center of excellence. The designation means our patients receive treatment that meets national standards of care as determined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The Center for Wound Care uses an integrated, comprehensive approach that combines specialized procedures and programs specific for each person. The Center for Wound Care offers outpatient programs in Wound Care for non-healing wounds, Ostomy Management, Lymphedema Management and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

The key to successfully healing chronic wounds is finding the treatment plan that fits each specific situation. This means evaluating the whole patient, not just the wound. Patients are cared for by our skilled team of physicians and wound care certified specialists, including podiatry, vascular, general and plastic surgery. These specialist are committed to the management of chronic, non-healing wounds in an outpatient setting.

Some of the most common causes of non-healing wounds include diabetes, venous ulcers, multiple wounds, decreased blood flow, pressure ulcers, infection, and medications.

The Center for Wound Care procedures include growth-factor therapy, bio-synthetic skin grafts, compression therapy, moist wound healing, VAC (Vacuum Assisted Closure) therapy, antimicrobial therapy, and non-invasive vascular studies.

Ostomy management is provided by an ostomy–certified specialist (WOCN). Pre-operative counseling includes stoma site marking, patient and caregiver education regarding the process and after surgery care, and opportunity to answer any questions the patient and caregiver may have.

Post-operative care includes assessment of the stoma and healing, assessment of bowel and renal function, and selection of appropriate pouching system most effective for the patient.

Lymphedema can occur in the arms and legs. It is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling produced by the body’s lymphatic system to fight infection. If the lymph vessels that carry the fluid are missing, impaired, damaged or removed, an abnormal amount of fluid can collect in the tissues of the affected area, causing the tissue to swell and become abnormally large. The most effective treatment for lymphedema, is complete decongestive physiotherapy. This is a non-invasive, painless technique consisting of manual lymph drainage, exercise, compressive therapy and skin care.

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber. An increase in oxygen to the blood helps promote tissue healing and fight infections. HBO therapy is administered in a private setting in state-of-the art, monoplace (single) chamber. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment. The Center for Wound Care HBO therapy is provided by specially trained technicians and certified physicians. Please call if you have a patient you think would benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Indications for outpatient HBO therapy may include, but are not limited to the following: diabetic wounds, osteomyelitis, osteoradionecrosis, radiation tissue damage, compromised skin grafts and flaps.