Wound center in Miami, Florida
The wound care team at the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy Miami Hospital is dedicated to treating acute and chronic (non-healing) wounds. We use the latest evidence-based practices and technologies to help you heal as quickly as possible, and our collaborative approach to your care helps ensure the most complete treatment for your specific needs.
For more information on our Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center, please call Mercy Hospital at (305) 854-4400.
Wound care treatment
Mercy's Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center offers a state-of-the-art facility for effective treatment and wound healing. Our highly trained staff are able to diagnose and treat the following:
- Decompression illness (resulting from a change in pressure surrounding the body)
- Arterial gas embolism (gas bubbles entering the arteries)
- Non-healing wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Radiation wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Venous leg ulcers
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Gas gangrene (bacterial infection that produces tissue gas)
- Crush injuries and traumatic wounds
- Compromised skin grafts, flaps and replants
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections (a bacterial infection destroying tissue under the skin)
- Refractory osteomyelitis (chronic infection of the bone)
Our wound care team
Mercy offers the following highly skilled practitioners to ensure your needs are met:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management
- A nursing staff trained in caring for chronic wounds
- Technologists trained in all aspects of wound healing
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Specialists in infectious disease management, nutritional management, pain management and diabetic education
Our wound center works closely with practitioners from different medical specialties to optimize treatment and healing. We also use hyperbaric oxygen therapy in wound treatment that delivers results quickly.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), combined with standard medical and/or surgical care, can be an extremely effective treatment for various medical conditions. The procedure delivers pure oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure in a specially equipped medical device called a hyperbaric chamber. This allows more oxygen to be dissolved in the plasma and absorbed by the body's tissue, promoting healing and dramatically improving treatment success in a variety of clinical situations.
The most familiar use of HBOT is in the treatment of decompression illness and arterial gas embolism. Both conditions are extremely common among divers. Mercy's new Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center is equipped to handle these situations. Our wound care center has also been designated as the Divers Alert Network's (DAN) regional coordinators for Florida and the Caribbean.
How a hyperbaric chamber works
The wound care center has two new OxyHeal® multiplace hyperbaric chambers, which are capable of treating up to three patients at a time. The chambers can simulate pressures of depth equivalent up to 66 feet. In each chamber, pure oxygen is provided to the patients as prescribed by the hyperbaric physician.
All aspects of the hyperbaric chamber have been designed with patient safety and comfort in mind. The chamber has windows and seating. A highly-trained hyperbaric technician is inside the chamber with the patient at all times, and an HBOT physician is on site as well.
Video and audio communications are constantly maintained with technicians and medical personnel at an outside control console. The chambers can handle critical care patients and use advanced medical monitoring devices. Most hyperbaric treatments are provided in two-hour segments; however, treatments for diving-related injuries may last up to five hours.
After receiving treatment for your wound at our facilities, we recommend you follow up with your primary care physician. Your primary care physician may refer you for additional treatments and tests at Mercy to provide a complete care plan. Some additional, complementary treatments to wound care are:
- Pain management
- Nutrition services
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation