As we resume some elective surgeries at Artesia General Hospital, we’ve made some important changes and increased safety measures. Please see this Elective Surgeries Guide for Patients for more information about how we’re keeping our patients, their families and our staff safe and healthy throughout each procedure.
Customized care for hard-to-heal wounds
If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in four weeks, it could be a sign of something more serious—and may need specialized care.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, an outpatient department of Artesia General Hospital, provides compassionate care to people experiencing chronic or complicated wounds.
We take a team approach to wound care. Our doctors bring expertise from their unique areas of specialty to help heal your wound. Together with a dedicated physician assistant specializing in wound and hyperbaric care, they will work with you to solve the complex causes of your wound and customize a treatment plan—so you can get back to your life as quickly as possible.
We are also proud to have the area’s first hyperbaric oxygen chambers, a proven treatment that promotes successful healing.
You don’t have to live with a non-healing wound. Talk to your doctor about a wound consultation if you are experiencing:
- A sore that will not heal for more than four weeks—especially skin ulcers
- Increased pain, redness, swelling or an odor at the wound site
- Infection or other problems with a surgical wound
Schedule an appointment with Artesia General Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center by calling 575.736.8235.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Our wound care team treats all types of non-healing wounds. These wounds include, but are not limited to:
- Bone infections
- Diabetic ulcers
- Decompression sickness (the bends)
- Post-operative infections
- Pressure ulcers, including deep tissue injury
- Radiation injuries to soft tissue, bone and skin
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous/arterial ulcers
- Wounds that fail to improve in four weeks or longer
LEADING-EDGE TREATMENT OPTIONS
We are proud to offer the latest treatment therapies for wounds, including:
- Two hyperbaric oxygen chambers
- Advanced wound dressings
- Bio-engineered skin grafting/flapping
- Compression therapy
- Diabetic education
- Infection control
- Rehabilitation services
- Topical wound care
- Wound debridement
We monitor progress on a weekly basis and change treatment direction as needed to achieve the best outcome and promote healing. We will also give you detailed instructions on how to care for your wound at home.
BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Our wound care team may recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy as one part of your customized treatment plan—and Artesia General Hospital is proud to have the only hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the region.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes healing by increasing the amount of oxygen in your body tissue. This is done by entering a slightly pressurized, oxygen-rich environment (called a hyperbaric oxygen chamber) for a set amount of time. While each plan differs, most patients can usually expect a series of two-hour sessions held multiple times per week for maximum healing.
To learn more about Artesia General Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center—or to schedule an appointment—please call 575.736.8235.
Location & Contact Info
608 N. 13th St., Suite 500
Artesia, NM 88210
The center is located just south of the main hospital campus in Artesia, with convenient parking in front.
What is a chronic wound?
Most wounds heal easily within a few weeks. A chronic wound fails to respond to treatment after four weeks or doesn’t heal completely in two months. Frequently, these are wounds associated with burns, post-operative infections, radiation or ulcers.
The healing process is often affected by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous surgeries. If left untreated, chronic wounds can have serious health consequences that may impact your quality of life.