UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

Wound & Hyperbaric Center

Wounds that stop progressing through the normal healing process require highly specialized care. 

The St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center is located at 400 South Blairsferry Crossing in HiawathaWe are in the UnityPoint Clinic building where Northridge Family Practice is located.  Many patients like the convenience of the center because it has a large parking lot right outside our doors.  The office is less than 10 feet from the front door. 

"Many times wounds do not heal due to the progression of diabetes or vascular disease. Other times it is an infection, or it can be a combination of factors. We will develop the diagnosis within three weeks and begin the healing process immediately," said Dustin Arnold, DO, medical director for St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center. "St. Luke's Wound Healing has over a 90-percent healing rate and strives to provide the area's best practice of wound-care management and related services to enhance the quality of life for patients."

Services offered

We are uniquely equipped to heal patients with chronic non-healing wounds.  We offer advanced wound therapies in an outpatient setting.  We offer advanced treatment options including but not limited to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, bio-engineered tissue substitutes, negative pressure wound therapy, advanced dressings and wraps, and debridement.
 

We take care of patient's wounds and then let the primary physician treat their ongoing medical needs. Patients can self-refer but most of our referrals come from physicians. Other physicians will have more time to focus on other needs of the patients since wound care can take a lot of time. 

The Center treats all wounds that are chronic, including:

    • Diabetic foot ulcers
    • Venous stasis ulcers
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Surgical wounds
    • Burns
    • Arterial ulcers and more.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

We have two operating Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers. The patient breaths 100% pure oxygen so it carries 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissues which helps heal wounds faster.  When a wound doesn't respond to regular medical care, (HBO) therapy often helps patients heal.   

Those who may be experiencing the side effect of tissue degradation due to the latent effect of radiation therapy may be referred for a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) consult. However, ninety percent of patients do not require HBOT. It is used for more advanced and complicated wounds.

For example, men who have had radiation to treat prostate cancer might develop blood in the urine years later due to unavoidable tissue damage from the radiation. The physicians at St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center can work with the referring physician to support diagnosis and develop a plan of care to restore the damaged tissue with the proper prescription of HBOT.

HBOT is administered in hyperbaric chambers with pressurized oxygen up to three atmospheres, similar to the pressure experienced by a scuba diver at up to 66 feet below the surface. However, the pressure felt by the patient resembles the changes felt by passengers in an airplane rather than the pressure felt by divers.

While inside the chamber, patients breathe pure oxygen, which saturates the plasma in their blood. This helps the body's oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms to function more efficiently. When the body is exposed to pressurized oxygen over a prescribed period, new blood vessels grow and replace damaged blood vessels. The restored blood flow aids healing.

To find out if you would benefit from services at St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center, call 319/368-5582