Chronic wounds are painful, often debilitating and potentially life-threatening,
but the right medical attention can make all the difference. Modern wound
care treatment is highly effective, but many people are unaware of their
Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, a part of Iredell Health System,
offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Wound
Care Awareness Week is June 4 to 8, and Iredell Wound Care experts are
answering some of the questions you may have about wound care and hyperbaric
What is a chronic wound?
Typically, a chronic wound is a wound that does not respond to normal
treatment after 30 days. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to
diminished quality of life, amputation and disability.
Who can benefit from wound care treatment?
Conditions like diabetes, poor circulation, a weakened immune system and
severe injuries can all cause wounds that have trouble healing. Some patients
in wheelchairs develop pressure ulcers, some are left with chronic wounds
after radiation therapy. The aging population is another concern because
older people are more likely to develop chronic wounds.
“We give every new patient a thorough assessment,” said Robin
Cline, clinical coordinator at the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.
“We follow clinical guidelines that are proven to promote healing
and we customize that treatment to each patient’s needs.”
What kinds of treatments are available?
Advanced wound care goes beyond just bandages. The Iredell Wound Care
and Hyperbaric Center relies on a number of treatment options including
bioengineered skin substitutes, debridement, special shoes and growth
factor therapies. Patients may also spend time in the hyperbaric chamber,
a state-of-the-art device that pumps 100 percent pure oxygen for the patient
in a pressurized environment, helping the body to produce healthy tissue.
The Center also incorporates physical and occupational therapy, nutritional
management and more to address total patient health.
“There is a lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,”
said Dr. Ricardo DeLeon, Medical Director of Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Center. “Too many people are living with non-healing wounds for
months or even longer because they don’t know about the resources
that are available.”
With individualized care and follow up, wound care treatment is very successful.
Ninety-two percent of wounds treated at the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Center are healed within 31 days. The Center has received the Healogics
Inc. Center of Excellence for five years in a row, and is the only Center
in Iredell County to continuously receive that award.
“I think the secret to success is not only the level of training,
but also the attentiveness of our staff,” said Dr. DeLeon. “By
listening to our patients and working with them, we can help them to improve
their health and their quality of life.”
For more information, contact the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center
Pictured below: One of the hyperbaric chambers at Iredell Wound Care and