Our commitment to your Health and Quality of Life

Do you or a loved one have a wound that will not heal or been told you are at risk for a limb amputation?

Our Objective:

To enhance the quality of life for all our patients who suffer from the disability of non-healing wounds. The hospital-based wound and hyperbaric medicine centers supported by Life Support Technologies group have successfully treated thousands of patients suffering with non-healing wounds or at risk for amputation since 1984.

Why we are Different

Our knowledgeable team of doctors, nurses and staff are uniquely experienced in all areas of chronic wound management and limb preservation.

We utilize the most advanced medical research and technology in the treatment of non-healing wounds for all our patients. Our recovery rate is outstanding.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be added to our plan of care in order to help heal wounds that have been resistant to previous treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen improves blood circulation, promotes new tissue growth, and fights infection. The utilization of this state-of-the-art treatment adds an important new tool to our broad medical approach to chronic wounds.

We take time to listen to our patients, and we help you find the answers you need. With individualized attention and care, we can get you the healing results you are looking for.

Indications

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, according to the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). These indications are listed below. This does not necessarily mean that all insurances cover these indications. For details or clarifications, please contact the professionals at your LST wound care and hyperbaric center closest to you, or go to www.uhms.org

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis) that does not respond to other treatments
  • Radiation necrosis
  • Gas embolism (air bubbles in the blood stream)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Anemia (blood loss, severe)
  • Brain abscess
  • Burns
  • Certain infections of skin or bone tissue
  • Sudden deafness
  • Skin grafts at risk of tissue death
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Decompression sickness (diving injury)

Wound Care

Some wounds will not heal on their own. If you or someone you know suffers from a wound that will not heal, talk to our physicians about treatment options. Our doctors and nurses are specially trained in taking care of difficult wounds. We have a personalized approach to working out a specific treatment plan that is right for you or your loved one. Our staff will examine your wound, provide treatments and recommend possible therapies. The overall approach to healing may also include nutritional counseling and evaluation of your general health.

What is a diabetic foot ulcer?

Foot ulcers are open sores. Diabetics are particularly prone to developing these wounds, which usually occur on the bottom of the foot.  If these wounds are not properly taken care of, they may not heal on their own, especially in diabetics. Sometimes, these ulcers deteriorate and may develop infections and other complications, which can require hospitalization. Diabetic foot wounds lead up to over 80% of amputations in patients with diabetes.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetes “is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation” (www.apma.org).

What causes these foot wounds?

All diabetics are susceptible to foot ulcers, and the risk increases for insulin dependent diabetic patients. Many of these wounds start to develop because of diabetic neuropathy – the lack of sensation in ankles and feet that is so common in diabetics. Other factors are vascular disease as well as lifestyle related causes like obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, as well as proper control of blood glucose levels. In addition, certain population groups are at higher risk for diabetic foot ulcers – African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans have to be particularly careful. Because of diabetic neuropathy, pain may not be a reliable symptom.

How can I prevent foot ulcers?

Research has shown that development of a foot ulcer is preventable. Prevention is often the best treatment, and most of it is common sense. Keep your diabetes under control, stick to a nutritious low carb diet. Take care of your feet by wearing well fitting shoes and socks, and don’t let your feet get too cold or too hot. Learn how to check your feet, and see your doctor regularly.

What treatments are available?

The science of wound care has made great strides in the past years, and new products and therapies are now available. Our staff is constantly educating themselves on how to help our patients in the most efficient and caring way, from the most advanced wound dressings to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Once you get to the wound care center, the primary goal will be to begin the healing process as quickly as possible. Our staff with explain all your options and develop a treatment plan that’s best for you.

Where can I get more information about Diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association has some useful information on their website. For your convenience, we are making some of these materials available here for you to view and download.