About The Elliot Center for Wound Care
& Hyperbaric Medicine
Welcome to the Elliot Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Time may not heal all wounds, but we would like to heal yours.
We are all susceptible to different types of wounds throughout the stages of our life and health. Wounds can be minor or superficial, limited to the outer skin layers, like fluid blisters, skin tears and scrapes. Other wounds are deeper, affecting the underlying tissue structure, like diabetic, pressure, arterial or venous ulcers. Depending on the cause, site and depth, a wound can range from simple to limb or life threatening. We classify wounds in two categories, as acute or chronic. Those classified as acute wounds heal without incident in the expected amount of time. The most common type of acute wounds are surgery related, closely followed by lacerations and burns. Chronic wounds have prolonged healing times, often due to complications including not having a good supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients, poor diabetic control, ongoing inflammation or infection for healing to occur it is important to remove the chronic wound causing agent.
Our Wound Center here at Elliot hospital follows the basic principles of successful wound care, commonly referred to as the ABCs of wound care.
A: Ask the right questions (refers to a complete and detailed history taking)
B: Be thorough with your evaluation of causes of the wound
C: Choose the correct modality of treatment
Following these basic principles we have been able to significantly lower the average healing time and cost to well below the national average.
Chronic wound care continues to pose a significant challenge to the US health care system, as the prevalence of diabetes and obesity increases and the population ages. Patients who are not healthy have a higher risk of developing non-healing wounds. In the United States, chronic wounds affect around 7 million patients. It is claimed that an excess of US$50 billion is spent annually on treatment of these chronic wounds. The increased cost of caring for these wounds is partly related to a competitive industry of wound care products and dressings which have grown into a multibillion dollar market. Product selection is extremely important, more is not necessarily better. We aim to provide the best care at the most affordable cost to our patients. We provide a variety of therapies as well as a wide selection of wound care products and are happy to discuss the options available.