Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon recently observed the five-year anniversary of its Advanced Wound Center. Since its founding, the state-of-the-art center has filled a fast-growing need for specialized wound care in St. Charles County and surrounding areas.
The Advanced Wound Center has provided specialized care for more than 2,000 patients since opening its doors in 2014. Over that time, it also has been recognized with Healogics Center of Distinction  and Center of Excellence  awards for its healing outcomes and high patient satisfaction rates.
Treatments provided at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bioengineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
The center was also the first in St. Charles County to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. During this non-invasive procedure, patients receive pure oxygen while lying inside a large, pressurized acrylic shell, which helps to deliver oxygen to wounded tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat wounds related to more than a dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts or skin flaps, and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
Chronic wounds currently affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S., and that number is expected to rise by 2% every year over the next decade. This rising incidence coincides with increasing rates of diabetes, obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects, all of which are underlying causes.