Wound Healing

Q. I have had a wound on my foot for a while that won't go away. What should I do?

A. If you suffer from a chronic wound that hasn’t healed in 30 days or a medical condition such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, bone infections, radiation skin irritations or vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation, your doctor may prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).

The Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center uses HBO to treat patients referred by a variety of medical specialists such as primary care physicians, internists, podiatrists, radiation oncologists, dentists, gynecologists, neurologists and urologists.

Program Director, Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center
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I'm caring for my grandmother who is diabetic and doesn't move around much. How do I prevent bed sores?

Q. I'm caring for my grandmother who is diabetic and doesn't move around much. How do I prevent bed sores?

A. This can be challenging, but there are some things you can do:

Pay attention to her overall health: People with chronic wounds often have other underlying conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, vascular disease or radiation injuries.

Program Director, The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center at Wooster Community Hospital
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HBO Therapy

The National Cancer institute reports that 1.2 million new cases of invasive cancer will be diagnosed this year.  Half of these patients will receive radiation therapy as part of their management; however, 5% will develop late effects of radiation.

Manager of the Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center