For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For some, however, it becomes a complex medical problem requiring specialized medical treatment. If you suffer with a hard-to-heal wound, we may be able to help.
The Hyperbaric and Wound Center at Davis Hospital represents a comprehensive resource for the treatment of patients with chronic, non-healing, or difficult wounds. We offer structured wound care, individually developed by an experienced team, to give excellent care, teaching, and rehabilitation for our patients. The treatment plan may include advanced wound treatments, negative pressure wound therapy, specialized compression wraps, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, bioengineered human tissue grafting, and antibiotic treatments.
The Center is staffed by experienced physicians, and other healthcare professionals, who are trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Our team works closely with your primary care physician to provide comprehensive care, and we communicate with all members of your treatment team in order to give you optimal healing outcomes. We treat the following conditions:
- Venous Leg Ulcers
- Pressure Ulcers
- Diabetic Foot and Leg Ulcers
- Ulcers from Peripheral Arterial Disease (Vascular Ulcers)
- Surgical Wounds
- Abscess and Cellulitis
- Mild Burns
- Edema/Leg Swelling
- Ostomy and Ileostomy Management
- Wounds associated with cancer or radiation treatment
- Wounds from autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
- Other hard to heal wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
At the Hyperbaric and Wound Center at Davis Hospital, we offer state-of-the-art wound healing technology, including sophisticated hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to evaluate, diagnose and manage wounds that have not responded to previous treatment.
Additional wound treatment options include:
- Sharp debridement
- Wound assessment and management with serial digital photo records
- Bioengineered human tissue grafting
- Intravenous antibiotic therapy
- Wound prevention counseling
- Ostomy management and care
- Non-invasive vascular evaluation and surgical site tissue oxygen mapping
- Management of edema/swelling
- Total contact casting for healing of diabetic foot ulcers
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Wound biopsy
- Abscess and hematoma drainage
Davis Hospital and Medical Center’s Hyperbaric and Wound Center is the first center in the western United States to provide the CelluTome™ Epidermal Harvesting System for skin grafting. Unlike traditional split-thickness skin grafting that requires the use of a much larger area of skin from the donor site, CelluTome™ technology offers a precise, simplified, and minimally invasive option for wound closure.
“The results from the CelluTome™ system are remarkable, and we’re proud to be the first in Utah to offer such an innovative and beneficial treatment option for wound care,” said Paul Barney, MD of Davis Hospital and Medical Center’s Hyperbaric and Wound Center. “The technology is very advanced, yet the process is simplified for the specialists and the patients. Our patients’ successful recoveries are an inspiration to us all.”
The CelluTome™ system uses a template lined with small holes. The tool warms up the skin and creates suction, adhering to a patient’s inner thigh. The heat and suction causes small blisters to form at the junction of the epidermis and dermis, which is then lifted from the donor site without injuring blood vessels and nerves. The harvested skin tissue is placed on the wound and, as soon as the new skin roots to the damaged skin, the healing process begins. In traditional skin grafting, the wound is treated in an operating room and healing on the harvest sites is often painful. With CelluTome™, the entire procedure is performed without anesthesia in a medical clinic. The harvesting site generally heals within one to two weeks and the transplant site closes 40 – 60 percent faster than untreated wounds.
Watch these videos to learn more about CelluTome™.