Most patients are referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and its underlying causes, the overall health status of the patient, and the patient's ability to comply with needed therapies. A customized treatment plan is developed and wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit and again at each subsequent visit.
Some of the diagnostic technologies that may be used include:
Specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the center for therapy, and you should plan two and a half to three hours for each visit. You will be instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process–keeping appointments and following directions are crucial to a positive healing outcome.