Central Carolina Hospital's new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in Sanford, N.C., will specialize in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds, medical director Michael Gordon said. More than 300 patients are expected to seek treatment at the center during its first year, CCH CEO David Loving said.
Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center's Wound Care Clinic opened about a month ago to treat diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers and pressure ulcers, among other hard-to-heal wounds. Most of the Iowa center's patients have been hospital inpatients, but outpatients also are receiving care. The center plans to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy next year.
South Dakota-based PharmaCline is rolling out a new product to treat diabetes-related foot ulcers. Diabecline is a tetracycline ointment in unit dose swabs that wicks moisture from bacteria cells to allow the antibiotic to work and encourage healing, CEO Steve Keough said. "Really, our goal is to reduce the incidence of these large wounds developing when they can be prevented by taking care of the small wounds in a proper way," Keough said.
The use of tourniquets may have saved the lives of some victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to doctors who helped treat the wounded. Dr. John F. Kragh Jr., an Army surgeon whose research has shown the benefits of tourniquets, said care is needed because they can cause harm if not used correctly. Dr. Richard Bradley, a member of the American Red Cross' scientific advisory council, said some situations may warrant the use of tourniquets and some the application of direct pressure to a wound.
The recently opened wound care clinic at St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital features hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, infections or radiation. Specialists will also provide wound debridement, skin substitutes and negative-pressure wound dressings to accelerate healing and reduce pain.