Wound Care Center 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Every wound has its unique set of circumstances. The Wound Care Center at Atlanta Medical Center is equipped and staffed to address them, with many treatments covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance plans. Our physicians and staff can provide care for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment.

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For more information, call 404-265-HEAL (4325), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Wound Care Center is located at 285 Boulevard NE in Medical Building A, Suite L-3. 

How to start healing
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

          
     
Specialists working together for you

Our center is staffed with a special team of doctors, nurses and therapists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds. The causes of open sores are complex and our team represents expertise in the major areas necessary to handle their carried circumstances and challenges.

It could be as simple as changing a medication, or more complex. Whatever it takes, we’re equipped and staffed to help. 




How to start healing

  1. Generally the physician presently treating your wound will refer you to our Wound Care Center. You can also make your appointment directly.
  2. When you call for your first appointment, we’ll ask you a few question about your wound and general health.
  3. Before beginning treatment, our team of doctors, nurses and therapists will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.
  4. Tests might be conducted to tell us more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation as well as to determine if there’s any infection present.
  5. Together with your physician, we’ll develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your special needs. Your program will likely involve regular visits to the center. Your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted as necessary.
  6. We are in constant communication with your doctor throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you’ll return to your doctor for follow-up care. And of course, you’ll continue with your personal doctor for any related ailments like diabetes and hypertension.

What to bring to your first appointment:

  • A list of any medications you’re currently taking as well as any allergies you’re aware of
  • Medical records including x-rays if you have them.
  • Insurance forms or cards

Your role in healing

Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You’ll learn about caring for your wound at home, including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.

Many successes in a caring, supportive environment

Our results are impressive, with most chronic wounds improved within 16 weeks.

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Your wound care physician may prescribe some of these therapies:

  • Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
  • Specially chosen dressings and wraps
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
  • Platelet growth technologies

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless way that may help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen (or HBO) chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds, which may help heal them from the inside out.

Introduced in the mid-1960s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven’t healed within 30 days.

Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and VCR/DVD players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.