Wound Care Center: Care ● Compassion ● Community
Where our People make the difference in the art of Healing
The Wound Care Center at St. Francis Medical Center provides comprehensive wound management to patients suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds. Our care is effective, timely and accessible. In all we do, we are caring, compassionate and mindful of the needs of patients and their family members. Our mission is life.
The Wound Care Center at St. Francis Medical Center is an outpatient clinic dedicated to the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. A multi-specialty team of dedicated physicians and nurses work together to treat these difficult wounds. Our comprehensive approach has expected healing rates of 80% – 90% as opposed to traditional approaches with less than 30% success rates. The goal of the Wound Care Center is to:
• Heal chronic wounds
• Decrease amputation rates
• Improve quality of life
During the course of treatment, care may include surgical intervention, vascular testing and education on wound prevention. Each patient’s plan of care will be determined by a physician and coordinated by a Nurse Case Manager. Referring physicians remain an integral part of each patient’s treatment plan and will receive regular progress reports throughout the course of treatment. The average time for healing is 6-12 weeks.
Types of wounds appropriate for referral include:
• Diabetic neuropathic
• Venous stasis
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Non-healing post operative wounds
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the inhalation of 100% oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. Approximately twenty-percent (20%) of patients with chronic, non-healing wounds may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatments. During the treatments, patients are monitored closely by highly trained Certified Hyperbaric Technologists.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy assists in the healing of hard-to-heal wounds. Wounds that may benefit from this therapy include lower limb ulcers in diabetic patients, chronic refractory osteomyeltis, radiation soft tissue damage, and compromised skin grafts. The planned result is faster wound healing and a reduction in amputation rates.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen
• Increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream
• Stimulates new vascular growth
• Increases oxygen concentration in infected tissues, including bone
• Improves the effectiveness of certain antibiotics
Guidelines for Referral
Appropriate clinic referrals include:
• Wounds that fail to improve after 4 weeks of conventional treatment
• Chronic wounds in a compromised patient (elderly, diabetic)
• Chronic wound in patients with previous amputations
• Chronic wounds with exposed/infected bone
For more information or referral, please call (310) 900-8040.
St. Francis Medical Plaza
3628 East Imperial Highway, Suite 103
Lynwood, CA 90262
(310) 900-8047 (Fax)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm