Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

For Referring Physicians

The Wound Care Center will develop a treatment plan focusing on your patient's wounds and its etiology. You are the most important member of your patient's wound care multi-disciplinary management team. We will keep you informed of your patient through letters containing a visual record of their progress and by phone calls.

You should refer a patient to the Wound Care Center when:

  • A slow or non-healing wound is 4 weeks duration
  • Painful wounds or ulcerations
  • Ischemic ulcers (wounds with poor blood supply)
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds particularly those involving tendon, ligaments, joint, or bone
  • Diabetic or neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure wounds
  • Osteomyelitis (infection and inflammation of the bone or bone marrow)
  • Radiation injury to bone or soft tissue
  • Surgical wounds
  • Burns

To expedite your patient being seen, please fax this Express Referral Form to (408) 358-5664

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

This modality of treatment is an adjunctive means to facilitate the wound-healing mechanisms of the body to function more efficiently. Breathing pure, pressurized oxygen, while in a clear chamber, saturates the blood allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times more the normal amount of oxygen to the wound.

Some of the approved indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:

  • Lower extremity diabetic ulcers
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Actinomycosis
  • Crush injury
  • Acute idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss

For more information, please take a look at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy page and FAQ page.