Center for Hyperbaric and Wound Care
A specialty service of St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
The St. Mary's Center for Hyperbaric and Wound Care offers a multi-disciplinary approach to healing wounds. The special unit at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is made up of a group of professionals who work as a team to give you comprehensive treatments for wound healing. The doctors are board certified. The nurses have undergone special training in wound care and hyperbarics. They are joined by nutritionists and other well trained staff in the hospital.
Specialty Care for Patients with Ostomy Surgery
|JANA CHRISTMAN RN,
BSN, CWS, CWON
Jana Christman, RN, BSN, CWS, CWON recently received her certification in Wound Ostomy. The benefits of having a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse as part of the multidisciplinary team are many and begin prior to surgery. With pre-operative teaching comes the opportunity to educate the patient on how this surgery may change portions of their lifestyle. A more educated patient is one who feels more empowered and confident. This can lead to less complications and improved patient outcomes, such as lower infection rates and shorter hospital stays. Post-operative care goes beyond the discharge by providing ongoing support and teaching for as long as the patient needs. By always having a support resource to return to, minor problems can be addressed before they become a major issue. Patients who may need outpatient ostomy services include those who may have been discharged from acute care without sufficient skills for self-care or may need follow up to ensure quality care, and those who need ongoing skin and stoma assessment.
Jana's education as a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse provides her with the necessary tools and knowledge to offer both the pre-operative teaching and post-operative follow-up. This always allows the patient to have a contact person as someone who can assist them, while also keeping their provider or surgeon informed of potential complications.
The Center for Hyperbaric and Wound Care may be helpful with:
- Chronic wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Non-healing diabetic wounds
- Pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers
- Complex soft tissue wounds and infections
- Wounds that do not respond to conventional therapy
St. Mary's Center for Hyperbaric and Wound Care has three of the only seven hyperbaric chambers in Maine. These state-of-the-art chambers deliver 100% oxygen to patients in an environment of increased atmospheric pressure.
Our Center also offers:
Advanced Biological Wound Care Therapies (including Apligraf and Dermagraft).
These are used for patients that have either diabetic foot wounds, venous leg ulcers or
have failed to progress after 4 weeks of standard wound care therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been crucial to the following conditions:
- Smoke inhalation and Carbon Monoxide poisoning
- Radiation injury
- Decompression illness (the bends)
- Air or gas embolism
- Diabetic Foot Ulcer
- Gas Gangrene
- Crush injury
- Compromised skin flaps
- Thermal burns
- Exceptional blood loss anemi