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Wound Care Center

Wound Care Center

If you suffer from a non-healing wound, you're not alone. At any given time, almost six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions. These painful wounds keep many people from doing things they love to do.

At Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, we can help. We offer the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and employ the latest scientific advances in wound care.

Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a hospital-based outpatient service. Our multidisciplinary team of dedicated doctors and nurses focus solely on treating non-healing wounds. Many patients come to us with wounds that have resisted healing after months or even years of traditional treatment, and find successful healing in just a few months under our care.

Contact us for more information.

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Should I consider using Franciscan Wound Care?
If you have a sore or wound that is not significantly better in a month, or healed entirely in two months, you should ask your doctor about Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

People suffering from non-healing wounds of many types can benefit from wound care. These include, but are not limited to:

  • ulcers (pressure, diabetic, neuropathic or ischemic)
  • surgical wounds
  • vasculitis
  • minor burns
  • soft tissue radionecrosis
  • actinomycosis
  • compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • osteoradionecrosis
  • traumatic wounds

Your first visit
When you come in for your first appointment, our staff will evaluate the condition of your wound and your general health. We will review your medical, wound and medication history. We may arrange a blood test or other special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in your wound area.

Your healing program
Once your test results are in, we'll put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to our clinic to provide treatment, evaluate progress and make any needed changes. We will give you (or your caregiver) detailed instructions regarding home care, nutrition, dressing (bandage) changes and protecting the wound from further injury.

Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. We encourage your questions and are available every day to help you.

How we work with your doctor
The Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine staff members work with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and share updates on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. While we work with you, you'll need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical care.

How non-healing wounds are treated
A variety of treatment options are available depending on type and severity of a wound. Your treatment may include the following therapies:

  • infectious disease management
  • physical therapy
  • vascular evaluation
  • laboratory evaluation
  • nutritional management
  • pain management
  • diabetic education
  • nuclear medicine
  • radiology
  • debridement (removal of dead or infected tissue)
  • hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Wound Care Center 2We have a hyperbaric chamber on the hospital campus to assist in wound care healing for some patients. This clear acrylic chamber provides 100 percent oxygen to promote the optimum healing environment.

While lying inside the chamber, a patient breathes pure oxygen. Their blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissues and helping natural wound healing mechanisms to function more efficiently. Continued use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment increases the body's immune and healing response.

Conditions that may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment include:

  • diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
  • post-radiation tissue injury
  • crush injuries
  • wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
  • compromised grafts and flaps
  • gas gangrene
  • pressure ulcers
  • necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • chronic osteomyelitis
  • actinomycosis

The hyperbaric chamber has its own TV/VCR and CD player so patients can watch television or listen to music during treatment. The completely transparent chamber allows patients to see the room around them, and keeps patients clearly visible to staff administering the treatment.

Our team
Patients referred to our program benefit from a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to treatment. Having an integrated team dedicated to wound healing enhances care, increases patient compliance and improves clinical outcomes.

Insurance coverage
Medicare, Medicaid and many private health plans cover approved treatment at Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. Be sure to bring your insurance cards when you visit the center.

Contact us

For more information about Franciscan Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, please call us:

  • Wound Care: 253-426-6739
  • Hyperbaric Medicine: 253-426-6630

Location and directions
For either service, valet parking is available at the main entrance on J Street.

Franciscan Wound Care is located at:
St. Joseph Medical Pavilion
1802 S. Yakima Ave., Suite #104
Tacoma, WA 98405
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Franciscan Hyperbaric Medicine is located at:
St. Joseph Medical Center (on the ground floor, inside the hospital)
1717 S. J St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
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