The only wound healing center of its kind in south-central Indiana
The Franciscan St. Francis Wound Care Institute in Indianapolis helps to mend what time alone cannot. The Franciscan St. Francis Wound Care Institute provides sophisticated technology to mend your body and a delicate touch to strengthen your spirit.
Non-healing wounds keep millions of Americans from enjoying life to its fullest. These wounds occur most often with people who have diabetes, poor blood circulation or other conditions.
At the St. Francis Wound Care Institute, patients with non-healing wounds get customized care and innovative treatments. We are able to meet a full spectrum of patient needs with a wide range of specialized service, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the only program of its kind to treat diabetes foot and ankle care and limb preservation on Indianapolis’ south side. The Wound Care Institute is located on Franciscan St. Francis Health hospital campus.
Your wound healing program
Every patient is different. So, too, is the nature of their wounds and the reasons they don’t heal on their own. At the Wound Care Institute, you will be under the care of a multidisciplinary team who will design a program based on your specific needs.
Wound specialists work with you and your doctor — as well as with cardiologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, infectious disease specialists, vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons — not only to treat your wounds, but also to uncover the underlying cause of their chronic nature. This extra step is critical in making the right treatment decision, so your body will be better prepared to heal naturally on its own in the future.
Certified wound care nurses will work with you to achieve your individual goals. The wound care team also will work closely with your family, as appropriate, to educate them on the treatment options and to better help in your recovery.
Your customized program will include regular visits for treatment, to check your progress and to make any adjustments necessary to your healing plan. We’ll give you (and your caregiver) instructions for care at home.
You know your body best, and we want you to be completely aware of all that is going on. Be sure to keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits.
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We encourage you and your family to ask questions.
Questions to ask about wound healing
How long will the wound take to heal?
Can I put pressure on the wound at all if it’s bandaged?
Will I also need physical therapy?
Anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?
If your physical activity has been limited, ask for suggestions on how to keep your mind active while your wounds heal.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
is a medical treatment in which 100 percent oxygen is administered at high pressure to a patient in order to treat specific medical conditions. It has been shown to be particularly effective in healing and treating problem wounds, chronic bone infection, radiation injury and compromised skin grafts and flaps. The staff works closely with the primary referring physician and coordinates other procedures and hospital visits.
Breathing pressurized oxygen has been shown to optimize healing in certain cases and can be pivotal in wound healing for those patients at risk for losing a limb. People who require this therapy receive treatment once a day, five days a week. Your wound care team will determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is to be a part of your treatment plan.
Call (317) 528-8014 to schedule an appointment at our Indianapolis hospitals.