Everyone experiences scratches, cuts and blisters that typically heal on their own.
However, sometimes sores or wounds don’t improve even after conventional treatments. And when a wound from an accident or health condition doesn’t heal properly, it can cause a serious infection or other complications.
Every year, chronic wounds caused by poor circulation, diabetes or related conditions keep millions of Americans from doing the things they love.
When wounds persist, a specialized healing approach is required. If you have a wound that isn’t healing, contact Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Oconee Memorial Hospital.
At Oconee Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping you find solutions for wounds that resist traditional means of treatment and require advanced therapy. We offer a complete range of wound care services and are equipped with the latest in wound care diagnostic and treatment technology.
To us, wound care treatment is a team effort. Our wound care team is made up of a physician, nurses, technicians and other medical professionals using advanced care treatments to help you feel better and get back to enjoying life.
Oconee Memorial Hospital and GHS physician practices in Oconee County are improving your patient care experience by moving to a new electronic medical record (EMR) and billing system called Epic beginning in October. Epic will help us transform healthcare by allowing physicians and other care givers to have electronic access to your records, making care even safer and more efficient. As with any new computer system, there is a learning curve. We thank you for your patience.
Here are some ways that Epic can help us improve our services to you:
• Advanced patient portal: We’re providing our patients with a free online patient portal called MyChart. Using MyChart on your computer or mobile device, you can message your care provider, view test results and immunizations, ask for prescription refills, and much more!
• Efficient information access: Over a period of time, GHS will use just one health information system instead of using many different computer systems to manage your information.
• Enhanced patient safety: GHS clinicians are using Epic to enhance patient safety. The system allows for drug interaction and allergic reaction checks and also generates patient education reminders and after visit summaries.
• Secure information: Epic protects your health information by making sure that only essential health care individuals have access to view your health information. Epic also meets all federal patient privacy guidelines (HIPPA).
• Billing system updates: Starting in October, you’ll begin to receive a newly designed physician bill. Since the new system will begin in October, any balance on visits prior to that will need to be paid separately. So, if you are used to paying for your current visit and any prior balances at the same time, you will need to be prepared to bring two separate checks or will be asked for two separate credit card swipes.
In order to provide a diagnosis and develop a specialized treatment plan, we will evaluate your wound and look for other possible underlying medical factors, working closely with your physician and other consulting physicians.
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit our team on a regular basis for specialized treatments and to document the progress of your healing. You will also receive education on how to perform your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.
The wound treatments you receive will depend on your diagnosis and the extent of your wound. These may include:
• Wound care dressings
• Wound debridement
• Negative pressure wound therapy
• Compression therapy
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Pain management
• Patient education
Some of the wounds we commonly treat include:
• Diabetic wounds
• Pressure ulcers
• Insect bites
• Non-healing surgical wounds
• Wounds lasting more than 30 days
• Wounds refusing to improve after multiple therapies and treatments
To help in your healing, we may refer you to receive treatment in our hyperbaric medicine chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a simple yet advanced treatment that increases the oxygen level in body tissues to kill germs and promote healing. It is administered to patients inside a comfortable, spacious chamber pressurized in an oxygen rich environment. The chamber has clear sides through which you and see your surroundings, and is equipped with TV and sound. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates new blood vessel formation, enhances the effectiveness of antibiotics and preserves injured tissue or compromised skin flaps.
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician for a referral for our wound care services, or contact us directly for an assessment.
Wounds that do not heal in a timely fashion (typically two to four weeks) can become chronic, non-healing wounds. Most non-healing wounds are caused by conditions that restrict blood flow including diabetes, vascular disease and pressure ulcers. Common wound types include:
• Diabetic foot ulcers – this is a serious complication of diabetes. Treatment often requires long-term hospital admissions and frequent outpatient visits. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one treatment that may help to improve healing.
• Pressure ulcers – these are usually caused by unrelieved pressure and generally found over a bony prominence. Patients who are elderly, malnourished, bedridden or paralyzed are more prone to this type of wound.
• Lower extremity and foot ulcers – often associated with diabetes, venous disease or arterial disease. Patients with circulation problems or poor sensation are prone to ulcers in the legs and feet.
• Atypical wounds – may be related to collagen disorders, autoimmune diseases, cancer, trauma or surgery. Also includes wounds that are not healing in a timely manner.
To Learn More
We invite you to learn more about wound care treatment and Oconee Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. To speak with our wound care team, please, call 864-482-3230.
Meet Our Physician
Joel Kidd, M.D.
Dr. Joel Kidd is a board certified Family Practice doctor and the Medical Director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine center at Greenville Health System’s Oconee Memorial Hospital. Born in Greenville South Carolina, Dr. Kidd is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Kidd has served the Oconee and Mountain Lakes area for over 14 years as a family practice doctor and a hospitalist at Oconee Memorial Hospital. He also serves as the Medical Director for Mountain Lakes Access Health, a non-profit department with in the hospital that provides intensive case management services for uninsured residents of Oconee County. Joel, wife Michele and their three sons all call Seneca home and continue to be very active in both community and church.
GHS Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine–Oconee
298 Memorial Drive
Seneca, SC 29672
(864) 482-3233 Fax
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
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