Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
For people with diabetes, venous insufficiency (a condition caused by poorly functioning veins) or pressure ulcers, a small sore can grow into a debilitating wound that is difficult to heal and could even pose the threat of amputation. If you are battling a wound that hasn't shown improvement after six weeks, the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford may be able to help. Physicians on the medical staff can often successfully treat wounds that have resisted healing for months and even years of traditional care.
Individualized Care and Education
Every patient at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center receives a personalized wound management plan based on an initial assessment. Patients at the center receive care from trained nurses, technologists and physicians on the medical staff. The center offers advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which can save limbs that might otherwise require amputation.
Beyond the wound healing treatment, patients at the center are provided individualized education to help them avoid future non-healing wounds. Patients learn:
- How to properly care for wounds at home
- Methods for reducing and possibly eliminating recurrence of wounds
- How to protect wounds and themselves from infection, enlarging and/or future injuries
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is primarily used for the treatment of conditions that result from lack of oxygen in the tissues, such as diabetic wounds, radionecrosis — which can be a result of radiation therapy — severe infections and traumatic crush injuries.
While lying in a large, acrylic chamber, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen as it is circulated to the chamber at pressure levels two and three times greater than normal. The high pressure causes the lungs and body tissues to absorb the oxygen in a shorter amount of time, in greater amounts, and the oxygen boost to the tissues promotes healing.
Because it promotes blood flow and increases oxygen circulation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy also has proven to be effective in treating decompression sickness from scuba diving injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, chronic bone infections, complications arising from prior radiation treatments, traumatic wound injuries to bone, muscle or blood vessels, peripheral vascular disease, gas gangrene infections, compromised skin grafts, reattachment of limbs and surgical incisions.
Texas Health HEB has two mono-place hyperbaric chambers that are located on the same floor as the Wound Care Clinic in the Professional 3 building, 251 Westpark Way in Euless.
A physician referral is required. If you need a physician, visit TexasHealth.org/FindaPhysician or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). At Texas Health HEB, hyperbaric services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wound Care Clinic
The Wound Care Clinic is an outpatient facility dedicated to the care of chronic, non-healing wounds. The clinic's team of multi-disciplinary personnel, led by physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, works together to design a personalized plan best suited for each patient.
On the first visit to the clinic, patients can expect to undergo a general exam by a physician. Diagnostics may be required to determine the underlying cause of the wound. The patient will typically have weekly follow up visits for debridement, teaching and dressing changes. The R.N. Case Managers may also arrange for home health care and medical equipment if needed to manage the healing process and prevent future wounds.
A variety of chronic wounds are treated at the clinic, including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Pressure ulcers
- Collagen vascular disease
Other wounds that may be considered appropriate include:
- Any wound that has not responded to conventional wound care for 30 days or more
- Wounds that involve tendons, bones or joints
- Wounds with accompanying osteomyelitis or gangrene
- Wounds that involve venous and arterial flow
- Ulcers complicated by chronic disease processes
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Non-healing insect bites
- Phone: 817-355-8165
- Fax: 817-868-6629
Hours of Operation
- Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.