McConnellsburg, PA Wound Care Services
Our wound center at Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) offers a variety of specialized services to meet our patients wound care needs. We work closely with Team Home Health and can provide nutritional interventions to treat the whole individual.
For more serious wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment approved by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society and involves breathing 100% oxygen while enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The relaxing treatment can be completed while patients listen to music or watch movies but can be effective for a range of medical conditions and wounds.
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis is an inflammation of bone tissue caused by an infection in the bloodstream or near the affected bone(s).
About 15 percent of diabetic patients develop ulcers, an open sore or wound on the feet that can become seriously infected without treatment.
Air or gas embolism
Bubbles of air in the circulatory system create blocked blood vessels, a condition known as air or gas embolisms. Sometimes air can escape the lungs and enter the bloodstream, increasing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Decompression sickness is a form of embolism when air enters the bloodstream under a rapid decrease in surrounding air pressure (decompression) (i.e., surfacing too quickly after diving).
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when the oxygen in your red blood cells is replaced by carbon monoxide in environments where there is not enough natural oxygen to breathe.
Acute traumatic ischemia
Acute traumatic ischemia is a technical term for traumatic injuries like a crush injury, compartment syndrome, and others.
Crush injuries can happen at home, at work, in car accidents, and any time part of your body is crushed between objects or moving parts.
If pressure builds up within muscles, blood flow throughout the body is constricted, and the patient will feel either acute or chronic pain during a flare-up.
Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can speed up the healing time in problem wounds that might heal on their own but take a significant amount of time.
Some non-healing wounds
For wounds that aren’t healing properly on their own or become chronic issues, HBOT enhances the body’s ability to beat infection and heal completely.
When soft tissue in the body doesn’t receive adequate blood flow, arteries are at risk for developing ulcers or becoming damaged. These injuries are very slow to heal without additional support from treatments like HBOT.
Clostridia myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
These conditions can develop as infections that take hold after a traumatic injury—most commonly compound or complicated bone fractures.
Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
Anemia is a condition resulting from a lack of iron in the blood, which inhibits the effective flow of oxygen that is so critical to our muscles, organs, and bones.
This is a serious form of abscess caused by an infection in the sinuses, ears, or another part of the body that travels to the brain.
Delayed radiation injury
Even when radiation is effective at eliminating cancer cells, the side effects can create complications and injuries of their own to treat separately.
Soft tissue radionecrosis
Radiation that causes soft tissue death from damaged blood vessels is called soft tissue radionecrosis (STRN).
Bony necrosis (osteoradionecrosis)
Radiation that causes bone death from damaged blood vessels is called bony necrosis.
Compromised skin grafts and flaps
Patients who receive skin grafts or flaps may experience complications or infections after the procedure that need to be treated as wounds.
Severe burns benefit from oxygen therapy as a means of supporting rapid new cell development for healthy skin growth.
Central retinal artery occlusion intracranial abscess
HBOT is one of the only effective treatment options for patients with sudden and dramatic vision loss due to a lack of oxygenated blood to the retinas.
Our wound care staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have by calling (717) 485-2855.
FCMC's qualified staff are here to help you during your healing process.
Medical Director, Vicki Ellis, M.D, WCC, DWC
Jeffrey S. Mandak, M.D. F.A.C.C
John D. Goldman, MD (Telehealth)
Merrill McKenzie, MD
Melody Stouder, DPM
Victor Cohen, DPM