Wound Care & Hyperbaric

The Northwest Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is home to three state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, including a bariatric chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be a powerful tool in treating patients with stubborn, non-healing wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows the body’s natural, oxygen-dependent healing process to work more efficiently in a 100% oxygen environment and can speed up the healing of wounds that have resisted conventional healing therapies. Conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy may include:

  • Enhancement of healing in select problem wounds
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Preservation of compromised grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Tissue damage from radiation
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity

The Northwest Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center’s hyperbaric chambers are clear, see-through, single-person chambers allowing individualized treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments usually last from one and a half to two hours, and are administered once a day, five days a week. The number of treatments ordered depends on the indication, and the patient’s response to treatment. Patients can relax during treatment by watching videos, listening to music or sleeping. Our hyperbaric therapy team includes physicians, wound care nurses, and technicians who have specialized hyperbaric training.

For more information about insurance coverage or for further information about treatment at the Northwest Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center please call 206-368-1244, or send a fax to 206-368-1270.

The Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

With more than 15 years of experience, the Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center is one of the longest-operating wound care centers in Western Washington. Our staff specializes in the treatment of problem wounds. We offer nine treatment rooms and three hyperbaric oxygen chambers on site, including a bariatric chamber.

We want you to think of our center as an exten­sion of your practice. You will maintain the care of your patient’s underlying disease and provide over­ all care for your patient. The Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center will only treat the wound, while providing a case management approach that optimizes the continuum of care. Three service lines are available: outpatient, inpatient, and inpatient outreach.

Any patient with a wound that has not started to heal in two weeks or that has not completely healed in six weeks may be a candidate for treat­ment at the Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center. Our center is committed to seeing your patient within 48 hours of referral. Indications for wound therapy include:

  • Pressure ulcers

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Neuropathic ulcers

  • lschemic ulcers

  • Venous insufficiency

  • Traumatic wounds

  • Surgical wounds

  • Vasculitis

  • Burns

  • Peristomal skin irritations

  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

Approximately 16% of wound care patients may be eligible for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT). HBOT is an adjunctive treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. While breathing pure oxygen, the patient’s blood plasma becomes saturated and carries 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues. As a result, the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently.

The following are approved indications for HBOT that are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs, and other insurance carriers:

  • Soft tissue radionecrosis

  • Actinomycosis

  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps

  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis

  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities

  • Crush injuries/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia

  • Progressive necrotizing infections/fasciitis

  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency

  • Osteoradionecrosis

The Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center utilizes the latest wound healing tools along with traditional clinical treatments including:

  • Wound dressings

  • Debridement

  • Compression therapy

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

  • Prescriptive growth factors

  • Bio-engineered skin grafting

  • Edema management

  • Non-invasive vascular assessment

  • Nutritional assessment and counseling

  • Diabetic education

  • Patient and caregiver counseling

  • Pain management

  • Pressure relief including specialized beds, seat cushions and footwear

Statistics show a tremendous need for wound care treatment. Each year, approximately 6.5 million Americans (8.3% of the population) will suffer from problem wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions.

  • 8 million Americans have diabetes

  • 7 million Americans do not know they have diabetes

  • 9% of people over 60 will have diabetes

  • 15% of all diabetics will have problem wounds

  • Patients with diabetes have a 15 fold increase in the risk of amputation

  • 60,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year

  • Wound care treatment reduces amputa­tion rates and length of hospital stays

If it is a medical emergency please call 911. For non-critical, urgent problems, contact your physician. Otherwise, we will respond to all messages during regular clinic hours. If you have questions about how new medications will interfere with your therapy, please discuss your warfarin/Coumadin therapy with the dispensing pharmacist.