Eisenhower Wound Care Center

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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