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Spotlight on Brookings Health System’s Advanced Wound Center

Aug 23, 2021 01:38PM ● By Med Magazine

Brookings Health System’s Wound Center is an all-encompassing, full-service outpatient facility providing advanced wound care for patients presenting with a variety of non-healing wounds. Certain kinds of non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, non-healing post-operative surgical wounds and other types of recalcitrant wounds can require care beyond the topical treatments typically provided in the primary practice setting. Our wound center offers the comprehensive wound care and advanced treatment modalities needed to successfully re-establish healing at the cellular level by augmenting granulation tissue formation and achieving eventual re-epithelialization.

The Wound Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of providers and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing. The team is dedicated to providing the most advanced healing options to patients, allowing them to recover as quickly and completely as possible. 

Utilizing evidence-based clinical protocols, the goal is to achieve desired clinical results in the shortest period of time possible, enabling patients to return to their daily life and achieve a high level of patient satisfaction. 

Upon admission to the center, the wound healing team conducts a comprehensive patient assessment. The assessment results are used to develop an individualized care plan, which may include one or a combination of the following:

  • vascular studies

  • surgical intervention/debridement

  • dressings/compression wraps

  • advance wound care dressings

  • cellular-based tissue products

  • negative pressure wound therapy

  • offloading

  • nutritional/diabetic education & counseling 

For patients with certain wound types, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is an advanced treatment modality that has been proven to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. HBO delivers 100% oxygen inside a chamber that is pressurized at two to three times greater than atmospheric pressure. This causes an increase in plasma and tissue oxygen, which stimulates angiogenesis and fights infection. 

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy may be used as an important adjunctive therapy for several approved indications, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities

  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis

  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)

  • Osteoradionecrosis

  • Preparation or preservation of compromised skin grafts

  • Compromised flaps

  • Crush injuries

The center is committed to keeping its physician partners informed of their patients’ progress with regular updates and strongly encourage that patients continue their regular appointments.

Physicians may refer their patients to Brookings Health System’s Wound Center by calling the center at (605) 696-8068 or faxing referrals to (605) 696-8814. The team is available to address referring physician’s needs and assist in helping with their patients.