Some experts estimate nearly five million Americans are currently suffering from a non-healing wound, defined as a wound that has resisted healing after months, and sometimes years, of traditional treatment.
Not surprisingly, chronic wounds can exact a toll far beyond the pain and discomfort of the wound itself. They often cause individuals to lose their mobility, leading to a decline in general health and emotional well-being. Without effective treatment, chronic wound sufferers may become disabled, unable to work and dependent on care from their families. Sadly, 86,000 amputations each year in the United States are the result of non-healing foot ulcers that plague one out of every seven people with diabetes.
Ingalls treats the most difficult wounds
Ingalls Hyperbaric & Wound/Ostomy Center is a proven program with more than 20 years of quality outcomes. We have performed more than 15,000 hyperbaric procedures, with a >90% success rate for healing wounds—including chronic and hard-to-heal wounds. What’s more, we are the referral center for other wound clinics in the Chicagoland area.
Ingalls is the only wound treatment program in the area that has a total of three hyperbaric chambers, capable of treating up to 15 patients a day. That also makes Ingalls the most experienced center in the area.
In addition to wound care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at Ingalls is used to treat individuals with carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries, gas gangrene, necrotizing soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis and more.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes pure oxygen while cradled in a special pressurized chamber. This allows greater amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the bloodstream and carried to body tissues that need healing. Some common conditions treated with HBOT include wounds from diabetes; pressure ulcers; burns; arterial or venous problems; skin grafts and flaps; smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning; blood loss (anemia); bone inflammation; and radiation induced injury.
Highly skilled treatment team
Our multi-specialty staff of board-certified physicians, nurses and technicians has advanced training in wound care. Together, we work as a team with your personal physician to assess, treat and manage your wounds. You receive a thorough individualized assessment, a risk factor evaluation and education for wound care and prevention. We also provide:
- Frequent and ongoing re-evaluation
- Specialized intervention and preventive measures
- Integrated Home Care referrals
- Onsite podiatry, physical therapy and orthotics
- Ostomy clinic
- Wound clinic
- On-site prosthetics for amputations, shoes and braces
Following a full wound assessment, Ingalls Hyperbaric & Wound/Ostomy Center provides comprehensive care for:
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Diabetic wounds
- Chronic bone infections
- Radiation injury
- Ischemic ulcers
- Leg swelling
- Leg pain
- Colostomy – ileostomy + ileo conduits
- Diabetic foot problems, braces and shoe fittings
- Amputation complications
- Pressure sores
- Feeding tube management and replacement
Ingalls Hyperbaric & Wound/Ostomy Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 24-hour emergency on-call coverage for Hyperbaric Treatment.
Compliance with patient safety
Ingalls is accredited by the DNV, which adheres to national patient safety goals. This organization evaluates hospitals across the nation for everything from patient safety to staff competency.
Payment & insurance
Medicaid, Medicare and various private insurance carriers cover many of our services; however, coverage levels vary across insurance plans. Contact your particular provider for details about your coverage for wound care. Also, you must have a physician referral to access services at Ingalls Hyperbaric & Wound/Ostomy Center.
Ingalls Hyperbaric & Wound/Ostomy Center is located in the North Building of our hospital campus, 155th and Wood Streets, in Harvey, IL. Call 708.915.5585 for more information about our services.