WCH Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center
If you have a wound that isn’t healing, Wooster Community Hospital’s Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center can help.
Our center is staffed with a unique team of specialists all dedicated to healing acute and chronic wounds. The combined knowledge of our team members allows us to use a multidisciplinary approach to wound management.
Wounds that may require specialized wound management treatment include:
- Traumatic injuries
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Post-surgical incisions
- Radiation injuries
- Skin tears
It is estimated there are over 3,000 wounded people in our community right now! Without proper and timely treatment, wounds may worsen, become infected, and/or increase a person’s risk of limb amputation.
No physician referral is required and most new patients are seen within 24-48 hours.
Meet Our Wound Healing Center Providers
In addition to wound treatment, we have two hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers. HBO therapy involves breathing in 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure. This allows you to quickly absorb more oxygen, which is transported to tissue throughout the body, helping fight infection and stimulating the release of growth factors that promote healing.
The WCH Wound Healing Center has been serving the community since 2002. In that time, we have averaged a 97 percent heal rate while serving well over 10,000 people suffering from nonhealing wounds such as those from radiation, injury, or diabetes. Read what our patients have to say: Wound Care After the Effects of Radiation Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in four weeks, consult the Wound Healing Center at Wooster Community Hospital. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy may be an appropriate part of your treatment plan. A physician at the center will evaluate your wound and determine the best course of treatment.
On average, each treatment last about two hours. This includes the time to pressurize and depressurize the chamber plus 90 minutes at the prescribed air pressure treatment level. Patients with nonhealing wounds may need 20 - 40 treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
Each chamber is equipped with its own television so that you can watch TV or a movie during your treatment. You may not bring anything in the chamber with you, including books and newspapers. If you have a movie you would like to watch or music you would like to hear, please bring it with you.
No, the only sensation you may experience is during the pressurization phase of the treatment when the slowly increasing air pressure will push on your eardrums. Yawning or swallowing can relieve that feeling of fullness in the ears.