Upper Valley Medical Center

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Wound care is a vital health care service that may be of help to those with long-term conditions, such as diabetes or circulatory issues. Patients who have experienced a traumatic injury or burn may also benefit from wound care services. 

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) has taken a leading role addressing the growing need for quality wound care in Miami, Shelby, and Darke Counties. We offer a comprehensive outpatient center staffed with an experienced team dedicated to healing chronic wounds. 

Partnership with Healogics 

Chronic wounds affect 6.5 million people in the U.S. and the number is expected to increase by two percent annually over the next decade. For over 20 years, Healogics, a national wound care management company, has touched the lives of more than two million people by delivering evidence-based care and restoring hope. We are a hospital partner with Healogics. The combined knowledge of our team members creates a multidisciplinary approach to wound management. 

National Award for Wound Care 

The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence. The Center of Distinction Award was presented by Healogics. the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company. The Center was also honored with the Healogics President’s Circle Award. These awards recognize outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days. 

Who May Benefit from Our Specialized Wound Care? 

An individual whose wound has not shown improvement over the last two weeks, or has not healed within six weeks, may benefit from our care. Types of wounds we treat include:

  • Diabetic wounds and ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Radiation tissue damage  
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Surgical wounds  
  • Traumatic wounds  
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous insufficiency or venous stasis ulcer
  • Other non-healing wounds that have increased pain, redness, swelling, four odors, or change in color 

Combining Sophisticated Healing Methods with Compassionate Care 

Successful treatment of difficult wounds requires an assessment and treatment of the entire patient - not just the wound. It is our goal to treat chronic wounds by building strong relationships with patients and their families, correct contributing factors such as controlling infection, and enhance the medical and nutritional status of our patients.

Our comprehensive wound care center brings together:

  • Experienced physicians, wound care nurses, and specialty-trained technicians dedicated to healing chronic wounds
  • Advanced technologies, clinical therapies, and evidence-based wound care treatment options
  • Two hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chambers
  • Membership in the Wound Care Center National Database

Care begins with a consultation, thorough diagnostic examination, and medical history. Together, with you and your health care provider, we create a treatment plan focused on your specific needs. An individualized treatment plan of care may include one or a combination of the following:

  • Bioengineered skin grafting  
  • Compression therapy 
  • Debridement
  • Edema management
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
  • Medications to fight infections and promote healing 
  • Negative pressure or vacuum–assisted wound therapy
  • Prescription growth factors 
  • Vascular studies (Non-invasive)
  • Wound dressings 

Our center uses an interdisciplinary model of care. This includes infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Our bodies need oxygen to fight infection, enable tissue growth, and heal. Poor circulation is often the underlying problem for a difficult to heal wound. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is another aspect of evidence-based wound care, and has been helpful in healing complex and infected wounds. During treatments at greater than normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen. The compressed oxygen molecules saturate and allow the blood stream to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen. Other benefits of HBOT include reduced swelling and improved blood flow in damaged tissue. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes healing by improving circulation and increasing the amount of oxygen the blood stream can carry. Before HBOT is included in a wound treatment plan of care, patients and their families are offered education and assistance with insurance. When patients receive HBOT, they are comfortably enclosed and monitored in a see-through chamber. During treatments, patients can watch a television located just outside the chamber, but in many cases, they find the therapy to be peaceful and will settle into a nap.