Mercy Opens Regions First Wound Care Center

(DURANGO, COLO.) Mercy Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Mercy Wound Care Center, an outpatient clinic that offers specialized therapies for treatment of non-healing wounds. The center is the only facility in southwest Colorado dedicated to the healing of chronic wounds.

The clinic is staffed by a team that has expertise in treating patients with chronic wounds and uses an evidence-based, systematic approach to chronic wound healing. The clinics physician medical director and staff employ a variety of wound-healing therapies and work closely with each patient and their providers to create an individualized plan of care to promote healing.

Were pleased to offer this new service to the many patients in the Four Corners region who suffer from chronic wounds. Our experienced staff and state-of-the art technology can make a real difference in peoples lives, said Mercy CEO Tom Gessel. The clinic staff collaborate with other providers, including our diagnostic and vascular specialists, who can address many of the factors that can contribute to chronic wounds, he added.

In the U.S., nearly seven million individuals suffer from non-healing, advanced wounds at an annual cost of more than $50 billion. The incidence of chronic wounds is increasing with the aging of the U.S. population and the increase in the number of patients with diabetes and other diseases that cause or contribute to non-healing wounds such as venous ulcers and chronic foot ulcers, which can lead to infection and amputation. Inadequate circulation is one of the main contributors to non-healing wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of the therapies available at the Mercy clinic. HBOT patients are enclosed in a pressurized chamber where they breathe pure oxygen for a set period of time. This process aids healing by helping the bodys oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms function more efficiently. In the oxygen-rich hyperbaric environment, the lungs are able to transfer more dissolved oxygen into the red blood cells and blood plasma. As a result, the blood can carry between 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the bodys tissues. A patient typically receives one HBOT session per day for 30 to 40 days. On average, HBOT is indicated for slightly fewer than one in five wound care patients. Mercys center has two HBOT chambers, which can be used simultaneously.

Some indications for wound therapy include: diabetic, neuropathic, pressure, and ischemic ulcers; venous insufficiency; traumatic wounds; surgical wounds; vasculitis; burns; radiation tissue damage; necrotizing soft tissue infection; peristomal skin irritations; and other conditions. A wound is considered non-healing if has not healed in approximately two weeks.

Physician referral to the wound care center is not required, and most insurances cover the cost of care, however, it is advisable to verify insurance coverage prior to seeking care. For appointments, call 970-764-3390.

The Mercy Wound Care Center is located in suite 200-B of the Mercy Medical Plaza, the medical office building on Mercys main campus, at 1 Mercado St. in Durango.

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About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 16 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.