Wound care clinic opens at Domino’s Farms

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to be offered

The Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic is located in Lobby M of Domino's Farms.

The Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic is located in Lobby M of Domino’s Farms.

To meet the growing needs of those with chronic wounds, the University of Michigan has opened a Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic at Domino’s Farms.

An estimated 5 million to 6 million Americans deal with chronic wounds. As the population ages and diabetes and arterial diseases, such as PAD, become more prevalent, chronic wounds will become more common.

“We decided on an outpatient location that would be easily accessible at Domino’s Farms that’s going to be a location for wound care as well as eventually our hyperbaric chamber,” says clinic medical director Steve Haase, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be available in a chamber custom-built for the clinic. The therapy will be available in summer 2014, following an extensive construction project to manufacture and install the large chamber, which can accommodate up to 10 patients for each therapy session. This advanced treatment option provides intense oxygen therapy to help difficult wounds to heal.

“We understand that chronic wounds can be frustrating. They can be inconvenient. They are even more inconvenient if patients must go to a lot of different doctors’ appointments to figure it all out,” he says.

Specialties that will be practicing in the wound care clinic include family medicine, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and podiatry. Physical therapy wound care will also have a presence.

“I think that having a wound clinic with all that input, not run by any one specialty, with a broad vision is what makes us unique,” Haase says.

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