April 08, 2021
Oak Hill Hospital announces the opening of the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Therapy.
As one of the only wound care and hyperbaric therapy providers in Hernando County, Oak Hill Hospital is providing a service that affects more than 7 million people who suffer from chronic non-healing wounds. Addressing this need is important because chronic wounds can have serious consequences.
Non-healing wounds require specialized care due to underlying, complex conditions that prevent the wound from going through the expected healing stages. The longer a chronic wound goes untreated, the greater the risk of infection, amputation and other complications.
Some of the common conditions Oak Hill Hospital treats include:
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Post-surgical wounds
- Pressure wounds
- Soft tissue necrosis
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous stasis and varicose vein wounds
Patients who don’t respond immediately to wound therapy may be candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which is used to treat certain medical conditions. The treatment takes place in a chamber that patients can see out of. Patients lay on a stretcher inside the pressurized chamber where they can watch TV or a movie while breathing 100 percent oxygen. The blood carries the extra oxygen to the injured area to expedite healing.
“It’s so fulfilling to have a team with years of experience who are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for patients suffering from these non-healing wounds,” said Justin Everts, RN, program director.
Patients who feel wound care or hyperbaric therapy could help their wounds heal should contact their primary provider to discuss the benefits.
The Center is located on Oak Hill Hospital's campus in the two-story Nature Coast Medical Pavilion, 11371 Cortez Boulevard, Suite 134, Brooksville, FL 34613. Learn more about Oak Hill Hospital wound care and hyperbaric therapy.
Attached photo: The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Therapy at Oak Hill Hospital team poses in front of the oxygen chambers which helps some chronic wounds heal through the use of continuous oxygen. Left to right: Leslie Nelson, RN; Bri McIntyre, RN, clinical nurse manager; Guesly Delva, MD, program medical director; Barbara-Jean Giles, APRN; Justin Everts, RN, program director.