A minor cut or scratch poses little problem for most.
But for some 5 million Americans who do not have the ability to heal properly due to poor blood circulation from diabetes, paralysis, or other problems, a simple sore or cut can result in serious infections, gangrene and even amputation.
West Virginia University Hospitals-East will open the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at City Hospital Nov. 5, WVUH recently announced.
According to its news release, the center will offer a comprehensive approach for treating patients with non-healing sores and wounds
The center features four patient rooms with chairs that can accommodate patients up to 600 pounds and stretchers for patients up to 700 pounds.
"This is important because we will be able to serve populations that weren't able to be served before in our area," said center director Ginna Reep.
The news release states the program is part of a new network of facilities across the country specializing in the comprehensive treatment of chronic sores and wounds.
Physician specialties include general surgery, critical care medicine, infectious disease, orthopedics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and podiatry.
The clinical staff, including registered nurses and physicians, will assess each patient looking at underlying causes that lead to chronic sores and wounds. These causes include diabetes, trauma, paralysis, and circulatory problems. After each assessment, the treatment plan is then individualized to meet the specific needs of that patient.
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at City Hospital also uses a hyperbaric chamber, which is a sealed unit that provides super-high levels of oxygen for areas of the body where there is not enough.
The WVUH-East Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is on the first floor of City Hospital. Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.