Helping you heal: Wound care
No one wants to be slowed down waiting for a wound to get better. But sometimes you need assistance to care for a wound during healing.
Whether you are recovering from a surgical procedure or you have a chronic health condition that has resulted in a need for wound treatment, you’ll find help from an experienced wound care professional is available at every Parkview hospital.
Outpatient wound/ostomy treatment is available during the days and hours outlined below. This professional wound care can result in decreased healing time for patients with conditions such as diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers and ostomy-related skin problems. No physician order is needed. For more specialized care, you may be referred to the Parkview Center for Wound Healing at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne.
For an appointment at any of these locations, call Parkview Health Scheduling at (877) 225-5747.
Parkview Center for Wound Healing
The Parkview Center for Wound Healing expands and enhances wound care services at Parkview Hospital Randallia. The center offers the very latest in clinical wound care – especially for chronic, non-healing wounds – and state-of-the-art treatments that stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Bioengineered tissue substitutes
Negative pressure wound therapy
Growth factor therapies
Advanced dressings and wraps
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
One of the exciting features offered by the center is HBO therapy. The 3,000-square-foot center is home to two transparent hyperbaric chambers. If your physician recommends that you receive HBO therapy, you’ll lie inside one of the chambers for a two-hour treatment.
During the treatment:
You’ll breathe normally, taking in pure oxygen at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, saturating your blood with 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen.
The oxygen will saturate your tissues, helping to generate new cells and fight bacteria.
You’ll relax while watching TV or movies or listening to music.
You’ll be able to communicate at any time with an HBO technician who will be present to monitor your treatment.
HBO is not painful. But you may feel the increased pressure in your ears, much like the pressure change when flying in an airplane. The HBO staff will instruct you on simple methods for clearing your ears to relieve the pressure.
Who can benefit from HBO therapy and the other advanced treatment options available at the center? People who have chronic, non-healing wounds as a result of diabetes, cancer, heart conditions or certain types of injury.
These wounds or conditions include:
Traumatic wounds, such as crush injuries
Surgical wounds, such as skin grafts or flaps that resist healing
Peristomal skin irritations
Other non-healing wounds, such as spider bites
Treatments are provided by Parkview physicians who’ve received specialty training accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society, as well as our trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff. These members of your care team will work along with the physician or other healthcare professional who refers you for treatment.
The wound care professionals at the center can also assist with physician-ordered compression therapy. This involves multi-layered compression wraps used to reduce and control swelling, or edema, in the legs and keep it from coming back.
If your physician refers you to the center for compression therapy, staff members can:
Apply the wrap
Instruct you in the proper care of the wrap to maintain its integrity during the time you must wear it
Change the wrap if it loosens or gets wet
Remove the wrap if you experience issues such as numbness, tingling, pain or temperature change in your toes
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Center for Wound Healing is on the second floor of Parkview Hospital Randallia, across from the gift shop.
Parkview Center for Wound Healing
Parkview Hospital Randallia
2200 Randallia Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 373-6704 fax