Wound Center

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital

Finley Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric Center

Location: 350 North Grandview Ave., 3rd Floor, Dubuque, IA 52001

Hours: Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Referrals: Patients may self-refer or contact your personal physician for a referral.

About the Center

Your body heals most wounds normally, without requiring outside help. Still, there are almost six million Americans who suffer from problem wounds at any given time. Some wounds are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders, while other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds.

No matter what type of wound you are struggling with, Finley's Wound & Hyperbaric Center can help reduce the time it takes problem wounds to heal by using the most up-to-date approaches and scientific advances available.

Finley is proud to have earned a 96% healing rate compared to the national average of 88%. Our wound clinics offer patients the convenience of wound healing services and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

From treating diabetic foot ulcers and chronic leg ulcers to bed sores and bone infection, Finley combines specialized wound healing services with years of experience to provide comprehensive care you can count on!

Wound Healing Services

Finley's Wound & Hyperbaric Center is home to a team of qualified wound specialists who provide individualized care designed to alleviate pain and discomfort and promote healing, including:

  • Vascular assessment
  • Nutritional assessment and intervention
  • Infection assessment
  • Pain assessment and intervention
  • Advanced treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Coordinated care between physical therapists and podiatrists
  • Compression therapy
  • Follow-up care
  • Patient and family education

Wound Healing

Wounds that fail to heal following four weeks of standard medical care are considered chronic wounds and have the potential to benefit from the specialized wound healing services offered at Finley Wound & Hyperbaric Center.

Healing starts at Finley Wound & Hyperbaric Center. Schedule your appointment to receive advanced care and treatment for chronic wounds. A physician's referral is not required.

Types of Chronic Wounds

There are many types of chronic wounds, or wounds that don't heal through conventional treatment methods. The most common types of problem wounds include:

  • Patients with non-healing wounds
  • Diabetic foot and ankle ulcers
  • Chronic venous stasis ulcers (leg ulcers)
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (decubiti, bed sores)
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Radiation-related tissue damage
  • Any ulcer or wound that persists 4 weeks or more despite medical care
Causes of Chronic Wounds

Most non-healing wounds are related to the following health conditions that block one or more of the main requirements for healing, including a good supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients:

  • Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer or AIDS
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Trauma
  • Obesity
  • Collagen vascular diseases
  • Complications associated with surgery and spinal cord injuries
  • Renal failure and dialysis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and other lung diseases

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Wounds need oxygen to heal properly. For most people this is natural process. For some, however, hyperbaric oxygen therapy from Finley Wound & Hyperbaric Center is needed to heal problem wounds that have not responded to previous treatment.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber for short periods of time.
Wound Treated by HBOT
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Diabetic foot and leg ulcers
  • Vascular ulcers (ulcers from peripheral arterial disease)
  • Surgical wounds
  • Wounds associated with cancer or radiation treatment
  • Wounds from autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Other hard to heal wounds
Benefits of HBOT
  • Increases oxygen flow to oxygen-starved areas of the body
  • Stimulates cell growth, regeneration and wound healing
  • Decreases risk of amputation in the case of diabetic leg or foot wounds
  • Increases neural brain function
  • Stimulates small blood vessels
  • Promotes new skin growth
  • Helps fight infection and prevents future problems from occurring
Is HBOT Safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed up the healing process in certain types of wounds.
Are Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Comfortable?
Our hyperbaric oxygen chambers are clear, see-through chambers that allow patients to sit up or lie down while sleeping, watching TV or conversing with staff. The chamber can accommodate a parent and a child if needed.
How Long Does HBOT Last?
The length of treatment is dependent on the diagnosis. Typical treatments will last 90 minutes and are given once or twice daily, Monday through Friday, for as little as a few days or up to several weeks.

What You Can Expect During Your Treatment

From your very first visit to the point of healing and throughout follow up care, we're here to serve as a resource for the treatment and maintenance of your wound.

What Will Happen During Your First Visit
When you arrive, you will undergo a thorough diagnostic exam to determine the type of wound you have and the underlying causes. After completing the testing process, you will then work with our medical professionals who will tailor a program specifically for you. Our treatment options are based on the most effective procedures and research available today.
What Happens During Wound Treatment
Once treatment has begun, you'll visit the wound center regularly for ongoing wound care. We'll show you how to care for your wound at home between visits and protect yourself from further complications, like infection. Treatment at the center is by physician referral or self-referral.
Who Will Treat Your Wounds

You'll be cared for by a team of professional who are dedicated to working with your primary physician to keep you healthy while we treat your problem wound. Finley's Wound & Hyperbaric Center treatment team includes:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound care management
  • Nurses trained in the area of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • An experienced staff to assist with appointments, records and insurance processing
What You Can Do To Help
  • Care for your wound at home as directed by your treatment team
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Rest according to instructions
  • Take medications as ordered
  • Quit or don't start smoking
  • Return for your follow-up appointment(s)

Call Your Doctor If You Notice:

  • Increased redness, swelling and/or pain around wound
  • Increased wound drainage, including pus or cloudy fluid
  • A foul odor or abnormal smell
  • Fever and chills or general weakness
  • Tenderness at or in the area of infected bone
  • Wound grows larger or won't heal

Clinical Excellence

The Wound & Hyperbaric Center has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing the high-quality of patient care and clinical excellence provided to each patient during their treatment journey.

Healogics National Center of Excellence Award — 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
To be awarded the Clinical Excellence (National Center of Excellence) Award, a Center must score in the top 10 percent of eligible Wound Care Centers for the calendar year on the Clinical Excellence measure, which is the Comprehensive Healing Rate weighted by wound mix. Wound Care Centers who achieve this designation are deserving of high recognition and sincere gratitude for demonstrating a commitment to creating an exceptional patient experience.
Healogics Center of Distinction — 2019, 2020, 2021

To be awarded the Center of Distinction, a Center must be conducting the Medical Surveillance Review process per policy and excel in Key Performance Indicators:

  • Patient Satisfaction: greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate: greater than or equal to 92%
  • Outlier Rate: less than or equal to 16%
  • Median Days to Heal: less than or equal to 28

By achieving the Center of Distinction metrics, the Wound & Hyperbaric Center has shown perseverance and dedications to keep patients on the path of healing.

Additional Wound & Hyperbaric Center Awards
  • Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, 2015
  • National Award for Excellence in Wound Healing, 2015
  • Distinguished Center of Excellence & Center of the Year, 2014
  • Top 10% of Wound Care Centers in the Country, 2013