Wound Care & Hyberbarics

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been proven effective for a variety of surgical, medical and emergency conditions resulting from traumatic injury, diabetes, radiation treatments, and infections.

HBOT is a medical treatment of breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. This pressure enables oxygen to be delivered quickly and in greater quantities to affected areas of the body, which may have reduced circulation or have suffered oxygen deprivation.

 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indicated Treatment:

  • Compromised or failing skin graft
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Non-healing diabetic ulcers
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Preparation of irradiated or otherwise compromised tissue for grafting

Emergent Treatment may be conducted on a case-by-case basis, to include:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Hydrogen cyanide poisoning
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Thermal burns
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia when loss of limb, life or function is threatened
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Crush injury/ compartment syndrome
  • Clostridial gas gangrene
  • Actinomycosis, adjunctive to antibiotic and/or surgical treatments
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Acute retinal artery occlusion

No diving injuries requiring recompression will be treated at this facility.

About Us

The mission of Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s Hyperbaric Department is to provide Bay County and the surrounding region convenient access to state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Medicine. We specialize in non-healing and problem wounds as well as selective emergency conditions.

BMSH’s Hyperbaric Department houses a 30-foot long by 6-foot diameter multi-place hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The chamber accommodates up to six patients allowing for friendly patient interaction.

The chamber is compressed with purified air and is capable of pressures six times that of normal atmospheric pressure. During every treatment, a medical professional will accompany you and tend to your needs. In addition, the chamber is designed for patient comfort and convenience with such features as television with DVD player and temperature control.

State-of-the-art technology combined with highly skilled staff who are certified and trained in hyperbaric medicine, make our hyperbaric program the most comprehensive of its kind on the Emerald Coast.


Wound Care

If you have a wound that has not healed, consider seeking help from BMSH’s Wound Healing Center.

The methods employed by the center have established an impressive record of healing wounds that others thought hopeless, including many that might have required amputation.

Carefully researched methods allow patients to receive state-of-the-art treatment of wounds that have resisted healing despite months or even years of conventional treatment.

Treating the following diagnosis types:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Lower leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Gangrene
  • Bone infections
  • Radiation burns
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Post-operative infected wounds
  • Slow or non-healing wounds
  • Wounds from brown recluse spider bites
  • Failing or compromised skin/muscle grafts or flaps
  • Wounds over 30 days old failing multiple treatments/therapies

Call (850) 747-6591 to schedule an appointment.

The Bay Medical Sacred Heart Wound Care Center®

Bay Medical Sacred Heart Wound Care Center, managed by Healogics, Inc., provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

That's where our Wound Care Center® can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, and other areas to address total patient health.

Chronic wounds: a growing problem

It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system. There are 30.3 million people (9.4% of the population) have diabetes in the United States (US) and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way.

At the Bay Medical Sacred Heart Wound Care Center, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

Partnership with the leading wound care management team leads to successful healing

Through a partnership with Healogics, Bay Medical Sacred Heart is able to offer a comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for nearly 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 93%1 healing rate within 28 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.

A comprehensive team of wound care specialists

The Bay Medical Sacred Heart Wound Care Center is designed to complement your physicians' services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

What to expect from the first appointment

Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to a Healogics Wound Care Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification, and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

What is specialized wound care?

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing.

Preparing for your treatments

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

If you are sick or on medication

If you have a cold or a cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart Wound Care Center

615 N. Bonita Ave, Panama City, 32401
(850) 747- 6591

Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About Healogics, Inc.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports