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The experienced wound care specialists at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital use advanced therapies to promote the healing of common and complex wounds, and decrease your risk for infection.
We are experts at caring for wounds and sores that have resisted traditional treatment. Our team of highly trained healthcare professionals includes physicians, physical therapists and wound, ostomy and continence nurses. Before your treatment begins, we perform a thorough evaluation of your wound and medical history, including tests to tell us more about your blood flow, tissue oxygenation and level of infection.
Together, we will develop a personalized plan of treatment, and work with you to address problems and make adjustments to improve your ability to perform daily activities. As part of the largest healthcare system in the state, our wound care team can easily refer you to specialists who treat the underlying conditions that prevent healing. Our physicians also use hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pulsed lavage, non-contact low frequency ultrasound and ultraviolet light therapies to accelerate wound healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is an essential part of some chronic wound treatment plans. HBO therapy treatment increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, allowing oxygen to pass more easily through the plasma into your wound, helping it to heal.
HBO therapy treatments are recommended for patients with:
- Certain bone and skin infections
- Compromised or failing skin grafts or flaps
- Diabetes and lower extremity wounds that are slow to heal
- Radiation injuries
- Wounds that have not shown improvement in four weeks of treatment
You can expect each HBO treatment to last about two hours, which includes the time to pressurize and depressurize the chamber plus 90 minutes at the prescribed treatment depth. The number of HBO treatments you need depends on your response to treatment, with the average around 20 to 40 treatments. HBO therapy is not painful. The only sensation you will experience is slight pressure on your eardrums during pressurization, similar to the feelings you would experience when landing in a plane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool.
During your HBO treatment you may rest, read or watch television. You will be able to speak with the technician at any time via a two-way communication microphone. If you have diabetes, be sure to eat before your treatment begins. If you feel congested or ill, let your technician know before treatment so he or she can help you feel more comfortable. Do not wear contact lenses, makeup, wigs, nail polish, lotions, jewelry, hairspray or oils to your treatment session.
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Wound Healing Services
2901 W. Jackson St.
Muncie, IN 47304