KRMC Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
At Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC), people with chronic wounds can benefit from first-rate wound care. Our Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center provides advanced technologies and techniques for treating problem wounds.
An estimated 6.5 million Americans suffer with wounds that are not healing well, called chronic wounds. Elderly people or people with diabetes or other vascular disease are most affected by chronic wounds. Especially, wounds resulting from trauma, surgery, burns, skin grafting, and radiation therapy.
Chronic wounds are especially prone to serious bacterial infections. If unrecognized and untreated, chronic wounds can lead to amputation of a limb or possible life-threating complications.
When referring you to wound care, your doctor will order tests to identify possible infection and blood flow to the wound area. At the KRMC Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a wound care specialist will review your general health history and your test results. Our team will develop an individual program for your treatment, which may include:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, which delivers oxygen to tissues affected by injury or disease and accelerates the body’s healing process
- Wound debridement to remove unhealthy tissue and promote growth of healthy tissue in the wound area
- Wound dressings and special wound-care products to provide the correct environment for healing to occur.
About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Statistical evidence shows that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the safest and most effective treatments for problem wounds. It promotes healing by:
- Increasing the delivery of oxygen to injured tissues
- Encouraging the formation of new blood vessels
- Inhibiting the growth of infectious organisms
- Eliminating and reducing the effects of toxic substances
Wound care treatment using hyperbaric oxygen requires a substantial time commitment. On average, patients need forty 90-minute “dives” in our hyperbaric oxygen chamber, five-days-a-week, over a period of eight weeks. The chamber itself is made of clear Plexiglas and patients can comfortably watch television while inside. The process is noiseless and painless.
If your wound is related to diabetes, most health insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy upon referral of your primary care physician. Other types of wounds are eligible for coverage on a case-by-case basis.