Nancy's leg became infected after an amputation. After weeks with no improvement and constant pain, her doctor recommended hyperbaric oxygen therapy at HSHS St. John's Regional Wound Care Center. Nancy was skeptical, but technician, Edgar Padilla answered her questions and eased her mind about the treatment process. Watch to learn how hyperbaric oxygen therapy brought hope and healing to Nancy.
Wound Care Center
HSHS St. John’s Regional Wound Care Center, located in St. John's Pavilion, provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
When you need a partner in healing
HSHS St. John's Regional Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is a full-service wound center utilizing the most proven and trusted techniques in wound management, including hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy supercharges the body’s healing ability with concentrated oxygen to help resolve painful, stubborn wounds and infections.
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 turn.
The wound care medical team
The wound care medical team includes certified specialists in wound care and hyperbaric medicine, podiatrists and vascular surgeons so the complex needs of patients with non-healing wounds can be met quickly and conveniently in one location. Our physicians and team work with general and trauma surgeons, plastic surgeons, cardiologists, lymphedema specialists, infectious disease specialists, podiatrists and certified wound ostomy continence nurses to provide a full spectrum of care and the most optimal healing outcomes.
Tracking your progress
Specialists who provide care at the center work closely with the patient's primary care physician and track the patient's progress by several outcome measures, including digital imaging processes. Information regarding the patient's progress, along with updated photos of the wound, are submitted to the referring physician on an ongoing basis.
A physician’s referral is not required to obtain care at the Regional Wound Care Center. For more information, call 217-757-6644. Fax number is 217-757-6661.
A comprehensive treatment plan may include:
- Advanced biological tissues
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nutritional support
- Physical therapy
- Specialized dressings
- Therapy for Lymphedema
- Wound cleaning and debridement
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Super saturation of oxygen to promote healing
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment where the patient breathes 100% oxygen while exposed to increased atmospheric pressure. This super saturation of oxygen into the body's tissues promotes healing.
The most common medical conditions treated are diabetic foot ulcers, bone infections, radiation necrosis of the jaw, radiation cystitis of the bladder and failing surgical muscle/tissue flap graft.
This support group is through the Capital Ostomy Association, an affiliate of the United Ostomy Association of America. Capital Ostomy support group is for patients, families and caregivers with bowel or bladder diversions (colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy).
Meets: First Thursday of March, April, May, September, October and November. (Adjustment to dates may be made to accommodate holidays.)
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: HSHS St. John's Pavilion cafe (1st Floor)