Wound Care

Onslow Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is a specialized outpatient wound care treatment center dedicated to the care of patients with wounds.

Wounds that are hard-to-heal or non-healing may be a result of pressure, trauma, or infection. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem due to underlying conditions, including diabetes, circulation problems, or previous radiation treatment. These wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.

Healing wounds is our specialty! Even the most difficult wounds that have not responded to other treatments may see significant improvement at our center. At our wound center, our team of experienced wound care specialists will assess your symptoms, determine the underlying cause of your non-healing wound, and customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

Types of Wounds Treated

As a comprehensive wound center, we specialize in treating wounds of all types, including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Pressure injuries/ulcers
  • Non-healing, post-surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Arterial/ischemic ulcers
  • Radiation wounds or injuries (internal or external)
  • Compromised skin flaps and grafts
  • Crush injuries
  • Any wound that is not healing or is of concern

What is a Comprehensive Wound Center?

Onslow Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is a comprehensive wound center, a coordinated outpatient center which utilizes advanced techniques and therapies to provide the best chance of wound healing. A comprehensive wound center can provide outpatient care to those suffering with a chronic wound in a way no other provider can – all in one location.

Our wound center follows a multidisciplinary approach to wound care, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies that aid and accelerate the healing process, which may include:

  • Diagnostic testing (can include vascular testing, blood tests, x-rays)
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Infection control
  • Specialized dressings
  • Pressure-relieving devices
  • Debridement (removal of dead or infected tissue)
  • Patient education
  • Cellular, acellular, matrix-like products (CAMPs), also called skin substitutes
  • Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy

Non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, and wound healing can be affected by many outside factors. Because of this, upon admission to our center, a provider-led team with advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine will conduct a comprehensive patient assessment. This includes evaluating your wound and reviewing your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. The results from this thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing will then be used to customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

Your treatment plan is the personalized plan your provider creates to help you heal. It includes everything your wound care provider is doing in clinic and what you need to do at home between appointments, including following dressing orders, changing your diet or attending your weekly appointments.

Throughout your time as a patient at our center, we will also keep your primary care provider or referring physician informed on your treatment through timely progress reports, and you will be discharged from our center back to their office when the plan is complete.

Following your treatment plan is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact your care team if you have any questions about your wound care treatment plan.

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy is a safe, noninvasive outpatient medical treatment prescribed by a doctor to enhance the body’s ability to heal. During HBO2 therapy, patients breathe 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The pressure inside an HBO2 chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This high-pressure environment allows the blood to carry more oxygen to all parts of your body to repair injured tissue. It also helps to fight certain infections, such as those that occur in the bone.

Often used in conjunction with other treatments, many different indications have been shown to benefit from HBO2 therapy, including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic bone infections, also called osteomyelitis
  • Non-healing surgical skin flaps and grafts
  • Symptoms on or around the point of radiation (such as pain, rectal or bladder bleeding, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing or an open wound)
  • Crush injuries
  • Certain types of sudden hearing loss
  • Sudden vision loss

Prior to entering the chamber, patients are given a hospital gown to wear. No cosmetics, perfumes, hair preparations, deodorants, wigs, jewelry or electronic devices are allowed in the chamber. The HBO2 technician will need to know if you are taking any medications, including non-prescription drugs, or if you have any medical devices. Most pacemakers are allowed in the chamber.

Patients are also advised not to drink alcohol or carbonated beverages for four hours prior to treatment. Smoking and the use of tobacco products interferes with the body’s ability to transport oxygen. Therefore, the wound care team will work with you on techniques to help stop smoking during the treatment period.

One treatment, or “dive,” takes about two hours and is quite comfortable for most patients. During this time, patients can rest or sleep, watch television or listen to music. During certain portions of the treatment, patients may experience some fullness or a popping sensation in the ears similar to what is felt while flying in a plane or driving in the mountains, but the HBO2 technician will teach you how to clear your ears to relieve this sensation.

HBO2 therapy is provided once daily for several weeks throughout your treatment plan. For HBO2 therapy to be effective, it must be provided consistently. HBO2 treatments are much like antibiotic treatments because it only works when taken regularly for the time prescribed by your wound care provider.

We understand that coming to the HBO2 unit each day is a commitment; however, to obtain the greatest benefit from HBO2 therapy, we strongly advise coming to every scheduled appointment.

Following your treatment plan is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact your care team if you have any questions about your HBO2 therapy treatment plan. We are happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the HBO2 therapy treatment process.

Make an Appointment Today.

Onslow Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center in Jacksonville is now accepting patients. Call for an appointment today at (910) 577-4977. All insurance accepted.

Do you have a patient with a wound that is failing to respond to conventional treatment?

  • No improvement after 4 weeks
  • Or no complete healing after 8 weeks
  • Diabetic and vascular disease patients are a high risk population

If so, we can help. By using a dedicated, interdisciplinary team of specialists and advanced clinical adjuvant therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HbOT), we can help bring problem wounds under control and put an end to your patient's suffering and their risk of further, more serious health consequences.

If your patient is exhibiting the symptoms at left (or right) or is at risk, call us immediately at 910-577-4977. All insurance plans accepted.

Why refer to the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center?

Because of an aging population and the increasing number of patients with diabetes, primary care physicians are seeing more people who have chronic wounds and sores. For these patients, conventional approaches are failing to bring about a positive outcome, increasing risk for loss of limb. In the interest of their patients' quality of life, more and more physicians are utilizing the specialty talents and therapies at a wound care center.

We partner with you for the good of your patient.

A patient’s physician is an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of specialists from neurology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, nutrition and other areas, evaluating the patient's condition and formulating their treatment plan. Throughout treatment we document and report every step of the patient’s progress to you so that you can continue to safeguard his or her health during and after the healing process. We also help you communicate to the patient about their condition, the healing process and how to prevent recurring wounds.

Types of wounds treated

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Collagen vascular disease ulcers
  • Other wounds that resist healing

Treatments with proven success

  • Excision and debridement
  • Infection control
  • Skin grafting
  • Revascularization
  • Pressure relief
  • Skin care

Adjuvant therapies to enhance healing.

  • Growth factors: Recombinant human PDGF-BB has been demonstrated to reduce healing time and improve complete wound healing in stage III and IV ulcers
  • Living skin equivalents: These unique dressings contain human skin cells combined with collagen from cattle to simulate human skin, protecting the wound while promoting the growth of new, healthy skin
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Pure pressurized oxygen significantly improves the oxygen-storing capacity of blood and tissue, promotes capillary growth and speeds the healing process

Conveniently located next to Onslow Memorial Hospital

237 Old White Street, Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28546