Advanced Wound Healing
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective therapeutic options for patients with a variety of difficult non-healing problem wounds. Our center not only employs an experienced and comprehensive team of wound physicians, nurses and technicians, but also offers access to the largest, most sophisticated Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) system in Arizona.
What is a Wound?
The medical director of the Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is Shishir Shah, DO, ABPM, CWS.
Coupling skilled surgical technique along with sound medical practice, our physicians are well trained and equipped in the practice of advanced wound care. Following an initial consultation, we work closely with your office to provide ongoing feedback as required to facilitate speedy closure of your patient’s referred condition. If required, we coordinate consultations with vascular, orthopedic, podiatric, and plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists.
Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy system complements the wound center by offering the capability to heal the most difficult wounds. Though we are able to heal most of our open wound cases in a timely manner utilizing only advanced wound care techniques, having immediate access to this powerful system on site gives our patients a substantial advantage for more recalcitrant cases. Moreover, it is an effective adjunct therapy for a broad range of clinical conditions. Most recently, HBOT has been shown to stimulate growth of new capillary bud formation by mobilizing bone marrow derived vasculogenic stem cells to the target area of tissue oxygenation. HBOT increases the body’s resistance and ability to combat infection – all central components to promoting timely and effective healing. HBOT is utilized for patients with various medical conditions. Some of these conditions include nonhealing diabetic ulcers and nonhealing chronic wounds, compromised skin grafts or flaps, radiation induced soft tissue injury, and osteomyelitis refractory to standard care.
Billing & Scheduling
HBOT is approved by most third-party payers and Medicare and is suitable for patients of any age. Our facility is a comprehensive licensed outpatient department of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center with access to a host of additional hospital-based supportive resources. Non-emergent HBOT and wound services are offered during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In-Chamber Treatment Sessions
Today, hyperbaric chambers constitute the most minimally invasive, best low risk-to-benefit approach to limb salvaging and hypoxic damaged tissue management when used appropriately. Risking your patient to preventable limb loss, unnecessary operative complications or repeat procedures, is no longer your only choice. There is a cost-effective, low-risk alternative with HBOT.
In each HBOT treatment session, patients intermittently breathe 100 percent oxygen while resting inside of a chamber. Most patients experience a brief warming sensation and some fullness in their ears as the chamber cabin is pressurized. This is quite similar to what is experienced when the cabin of an airplane is pressurized. The pressure inside the chamber gradually increases to greater than one atmosphere absolute (atm abs) or “sea level”. With customized oxygen delivery hoods, oxygen is breathed and then dissolved immediately into the patient’s plasma, speeding the delivery of concentrated oxygen to the hypoxic or diseased tissue.
Throughout the approximately 90 minutes of HBOT, a clinical staff member is also present within the chamber and attends to patients at all times during their treatment session. As they emerge back to surface pressure at the end of each treatment, patients often experience a cooling sensation along with mild crackling as their middle ear pressure equalizes.
The centerpiece of our facility is our 9-feet-high by 170-square-feet multiplace, hyperbaric chamber. Up to eight patients can be comfortably treated at one time in our large chamber, as they read, watch a DVD or listen to music while sitting in recliners.
Diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations in the United States. The amputation rate in diabetics with foot ulcers is 60%. Care in a state of the art wound healing center can reduce the amputation rate by 80%.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure used to aid in wound healing. Oxygen is essential to all stages in wound healing; insufficient oxygen supply is the most common cause for delayed wound healing.
Meet the Team
Coupling skilled surgical technique along with sound medical practice, our physicians are well trained and equipped in the practice of advanced wound care.
At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, we treat our patients are like family, and we know they feel the same way too! We do our best to provide expert care in wound healing, but we also listen, we empathize, we care.
Venous Ulcer Treatment
Venous ulcers are superficial wounds occurring on the lower extremities due to malfunctioning valves in the veins causing poor blood return back up towards the heart. Due to decreased blood circulation fluid begins to back up in the veins and leak out into the tissue causing swelling. The pressure from the swelling can cause ulcer formation.
Wound Care Physicians Referral Form
Let our multidisciplinary team help you develop effective wound care treatment plans for your patients. Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides expert assessment and management of all types of chronic wounds. Our physician-led team is dedicated to caring for people with wounds that have resisted healing.