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Wound Healing Center

Wounds can be demanding, time-consuming and costly to manage. The trend in early discharge of patients requires continuation of wound assessment and appropriate management.

The Wound Healing Center at Kadlec Regional Medical Center is qualified to assist you by providing state-of-the-art, high quality, cost effective care of acute and chronic wounds. Our program is based on scientific principles and will result in an improved rate of healing and a positive impact on patients' quality of life. Our team of trained physicians, nurses and technicians are dedicated to the management of chronic non-healing wounds including those from surgery or trauma.

A candidate for the Wound Healing Center is any person who has a wound, acute or chronic, that is not showing signs of healing after two weeks, as well as patients with complicated surgical or traumatic wounds.

Our services include:

  • An extensive assessment is conducted to detect factors causing delayed wound healing. We work closely with you and your physician to treat these underlying conditions.
  • Doppler studies are available to determine severity of vascular disease, potential for healing and need for surgical intervention.
  • A carefully designed wound management plan is developed using research-based protocols and algorithms. A team approach is used for complex cases integrating specialized skills and insights from a variety of disciplines.
  • A sensory-motor assessment is provided for all patients with diabetes. The LEAP program (Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention) focuses on early intervention and education, which can prevent infection or eventual amputation.
  • Compression therapy is available for patients with venous ulcers and lymphedema.
  • Recommendations for basic nutritional support for wound healing. A nutritionist is available for the patient with complex needs. Patient, family and caregiver education is provided.

Non-Invasive Vascular Testing

What are the benefits of vascular testing? Physiologic vascular testing can accurately assess arterial and venous health as well as severity of disease.

  • Ankle/Brachial Index- A ratio is obtained and according to the result can suggest functional arterial obstruction.
  • Segmental Pressure Measurement- Four pneumatic cuffs are placed from the thigh to the ankle. This test can detect stenosis or occlusion of the artery.
  • Venous Reflux Test- Assesses the competence of the leg's superficial and deep venous system.
  • Toe Pressure Measurement- This test is utilized when the arteries are calcified such as in patients with diabetes. This helps us to predict healing of foot and toe ulcers.
  • Doppler Waveform Analysis- Demonstrates location and severity of an obstruction.
  • Transcutaneous Oxygen Tension Measurement (TCPO2) - Reflects the oxygenation of the tissue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Services

One of the highly specialized treatments offered at the Wound Healing Center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients with hard-to-heal wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and, in the case of wounds, allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out. Diabetic foot wounds are an excellent example of wounds that may benefit most from this type of treatment.

Relaxing on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell, patients can watch movies on televisions and VCR players mounted above the chamber while hearing the movies and conversing with others outside the chamber through a speaker system. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.

A typical regimen of hyperbaric oxygen therapy includes about 20 sessions inside the chambers. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Additional Information

Wound care is provided on a physician referral basis. Your physician will be asked to supply information about your wound, medications recent lab results and any other pertinent information. An appointment can be made for you at this time. We will regularly update your physician of your progress.

Locations:
Richland Medical Center building on the Kadlec Campus
780 Swift Boulevard, Suite 340
Richland, WA 99352

Kadlec Healthplex
1268 Lee Blvd.
Richland, WA 99352