Our Wound Care service provides advanced wound healing techniques and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds. Our specialized staff has extensive training and expertise in wound healing, and our approach is always aimed at offering cost-effective, outcome-oriented service. Walter Keller, DO, is our Medical Director.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven to help accelerate the healing of many types of wounds and injuries to the skin that have so far resisted conventional healing therapies. Hyperbaric Oxygen helps the body form new blood vessels to serve areas that have been injured or may be affected by circulation disorders such as peripheral arterial disease or diabetes.
Northern Light Mercy Hospital on State Street has two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. Mercy’s hyperbaric chambers are transparent, single-person chambers, about the size of a hospital bed. Our specialized hyperbaric therapy team includes physicians, two hyperbaric certified nurses, and a specially trained hyperbaric technologist. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments usually last from one-and-a-half to two hours, administered once daily, five days a week. Treatment is usually 6 or 12 weeks long. Patients can relax during treatment by listening to music or watching TV on a screen specially fitted to the chamber.
Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires a physician referral. Our staff will verify if your insurance plan covers Hyperbaric Oxygen before you begin treatment. For more information call 207-879-3190.
Northern Light Wound Care provides advanced wound healing techniques and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds. Our specialized staff has extensive training and expertise in wound healing, and our approach is always aimed at offering cost-effective, outcome-oriented service. We strive to heal all types of skin integrity issues.
Commonly Treated Conditions Include:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Ulcers Related to Circulation
- Pressure Ulcers
- Autoimmune Related Ulcers
- Traumatic Injuries to the skin
- Stoma Issues
Referring Provider Information
If your patient has a skin ulcer that has not healed with basic wound care such as infection control and dry sterile dressings, consider a referral to Northern Light Wound Care. Our team will work with you to create a plan of care that includes detection/treatment of the underlying cause of the ulcer, pain and infection management, prevention of future skin ulcers, and care for the wound at home.
Some methods we use to treat chronic ulcers include:
- Cultured tissue products
- Serial Debridement
- Offloading and pressure management
- Compression dressings
- Interventions for arterial and venous insufficiency
- Total Contact Casting
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
When referring a patient to Northern Light Wound Care please include as much clinical data as possible; this helps determine the urgency of the referral and prevents duplication of services.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Patients that may benefit from HBOT are those patients with bone/tissue damage from radiation, Diabetic foot ulcers that penetrate to bone, failed surgical flaps, and other extremely difficult to heal wounds. Our staff can determine whether your patient is a candidate for HBOT. Our reimbursement specialist will work with the patient’s insurance to determine any financial obligation your patient may have.
Our CWOCNs can help your patient with any skin integrity issues related to their stoma. In addition they can help educate new stoma patients both before and after ostomy surgery. Our CWOCNs will help your patient find the best style appliance that will suit their activity level and prevent future skin integrity issues.
Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care
Mercy Hospital Wound Healing Center
144 State St, 4th Floor
Portland, ME 04101