Wound care and hyperbaric clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho
At Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Clinic, you’ll find highly trained wound care specialists fully equipped to help you on your journey back to health. Our wound care clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho offers a specialized team of physicians, registered nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
To make an appointment, please obtain a referral from your healthcare provider, and then call (208) 529-7986.
If your home health nurse is trained in wound care, the nurse is not allowed, by law, to provide wound care without a doctor’s order. The Eastern Idaho Regional wound care center will work with your home health agency to provide those orders, so that your nurse can take care of your wound at home between visits.
Comprehensive wound care services
Our wound care center offers comprehensive wound care services, and we believe patient education is key to healing wounds. During one-on-one patient meetings, we address a wide variety of subjects, including diabetes control, smoking cessation, nutrition, infection, medication awareness and other subjects related to wound healing.
Additionally, we use the latest, research-proven products in our wound care therapies. Examples include moisture-retentive dressings, silver technology dressings and human growth factor topical gels.
Treatment techniques include:
- Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Pressure mapping
- Bio-engineered tissues
- Advanced wound treatment
Types of wounds treated include:
- Leg and foot ulcers
- Pressure injuries (also called pressure ulcers, pressure sores or bedsores)
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic injury wounds
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Oxygen is especially important when your body needs to heal injured tissue. If an injury is too severe for your body to heal using the oxygen it provides, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also called HBOT or hyperbarics, is a state-of-the-art therapy that boosts the amount of oxygen carried in the blood. It is used to treat many conditions, including wounds.
How does a hyperbaric chamber work?
Patients receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber, an area that is completely sealed off to outside air. Once the chamber is air-tight, the air pressure is slowly raised. This allows your lungs to take in much more oxygen than usual, and your body uses the extra oxygen is to heal tissue and fight infections.
There are many benefits to high levels of oxygen, such as helping damaged cells heal faster, sparking the growth of new bone cells, killing certain bacteria, boosting the chemical that reduces swelling and more.
Candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy
A transcutaneous oxygen measurement (TCOM) test determines if injured tissue checks the oxygen level of tissue under the skin. The test is completed with the person breathing regular air, then breathing in oxygen through a mask.
A higher number from the TCOM means that the blood vessels around the injury are able to deliver enough oxygen-filled blood to the injured area. If this happens, healing should take place. Lower numbers from the TCOM mean that the area isn’t getting a good amount of oxygen for healing, and this could be due to poor nutrition, smoking, high blood sugar, blood flow issue or a needed change in treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been accepted and approved for the treatment of numerous conditions, such as acute carbon monoxide poisoning, traumatic injuries, flesh eating bacteria and more. Ask your healthcare provider if HBOT could be helpful for your condition.
Compression therapy is a special treatment used to lower edema, or swelling, in the arms, hands, legs or feet. Edema happens when extra fluid gets locked in tissues instead of being carried in the blood or lymph vessels.
In compression therapy, we use gentle, steady pressure to move extra fluid out of the tissues and back into vessels. This therapy takes the heavy, hurting, tired feeling out of swollen tissues and brings them back to a normal state. Special stockings, fabrics and /or bandages may be used in compression therapy.
Compression also helps keep veins and smaller vessels healthy by giving extra support. This extra support lowers pain, swelling and skin changes familiar to people with venous insufficiency (a common problem where veins are too weak to efficiently push blood to the heart).
Ongoing education in wound care
Learning is something we strive to do every day so that we are up-to-date with the latest advances in wound healing. Our work in skin and wound care is nationally recognized—we have presented at national conferences and universities we host an Annual Wound Care Conference to provide wound care specialists with the best tools and information possible.