Eisenhower Wound Care Center

Anibal R. Gauto, MD, Medical Director stands beside one of the new hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the Eisenhower Wound Care Center.
Anibal R. Gauto, MD, stands beside one of the new hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the Eisenhower Wound Care Center.

Eisenhower Wound Care Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds than have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

That’s where Eisenhower Wound Care Center can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to run. The Clinic uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education and other areas to address total patient health.

Comprehensive wound care includes an assessment of the entire patient because so many variables exist that can impair wound healing. Wound care assessment and management include characterizing the wound, ensuring adequate oxygenation, ensuring adequate nutrition (protein-calorie malnutrition and vitamin and mineral deficiencies may impair healing), and the treatment of infection and pain management. Treatment plans are based on the full assessment of each patient and his or her specific wound care needs.

For most people, cuts and scratches heal within a few days or weeks. However, at any given time, more than six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade.. For those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem that can significantly alter a person’s quality of life.

The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affect limb. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system.

More than 29 million people (9.5% of the population) have diabetes in the United States and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advance wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost effective way. People with diabetes comprise one of the largest groups of wound care patients for multiple reasons. The disease itself creates a series of maladies that make the feet and legs susceptible to trauma with a diminished ability to heal. People with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, are plagued by poor circulation and frequently have neuropathy.

Other disease states or illnesses which may result in wounds include chronic venous insufficiency, auto immune diseases, collagenous diseases, and patients on chemotherapy or receiving radiation therapy.

The Eisenhower Wound Care Center features two state-of-the-art mono-place hyperbaric chambers. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers concentrated levels of oxygen to a patient to aid in wound healing. Eisenhower also utilizes modern methodologies — each patient receives a treatment plan based on specific needs.

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