Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Services

Wound Evaluation
Chronic wounds require medical treatment. A wound that has not healed in one or two months should be evaluated by a medical professional. The comprehensive Wound Care Department at Citrus Valley Medical Center – Inter-Community Campus in Covina provides personal attention and appropriate medical treatment.

When a wound doesn’t heal, usually it is because of an identifiable medical problem. A team of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians at the Wound Care Department conduct special tests to determine the causes of each wound and how to treat it. They use state-of-the-art technology and work under the direction of Dr. John Lindberg, a board-certified physiatrist (a physician specially trained in rehabilitation medicine) who is also certified in hyperbaric [see High-tech Hyperbaric Therapy below] medicine.

After a complete series of tests to determine the problem, the patient’s primary care physician and the Wound Care Department staff together create a personal treatment and therapy program for the patient.

Wounds Are Treatable
Circulatory problems, infections, radiation, traumatic injuries, and spider bites can lead to breakdown of the skin. Sometimes, this can lead to deeper wounds below the surface of the skin. Osteomyelitis is one serious complication of a deep wound that must be treated.
Even the most resistant wounds have responded to therapy at the center. In all cases, treatment is designed to promote fast and complete healing. To help you heal, the Wound Care Department staff uses scientifically advanced products and procedures, including:

  • Compression therapy (elastic stockings, bandages and other compression aids) to treat wounds on legs and feet
  • Removal of dead tissue so that healthy tissue underneath has a chance to regenerate
  • Nutrition therapy to make sure patients have the right levels of nutrients in their bodies to promote healing
  • Assessment and monitoring of a patient’s risk of developing additional wounds
  • Wound and blood cultures or biopsies to determine which antibiotics to use in case of infection

High-tech Hyperbaric Therapy
Breathing pure oxygen increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream, stimulating growth of new veins and helping heal chronic wounds. The Wound Care Department’s new high-tech Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) chamber offers patients this benefit. HBO-assisted therapy also is effective in treating acute and traumatic wounds resulting from crush injuries and surgical complications.

Specialists Provide Treatment
Physicians and medical professionals from many different specialties offer complete wound care treatment for each patient who comes to the Wound Care Department. Our specialists have expertise in:

  • Baromedicine
  • Diabetic Education
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Home Health Nursing
  • Home Medical Equipment/Supplies
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laboratory
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Vascular surgery

Get Help From the Wound Care Department
From diagnosis through treatment, the Wound Care Department staff will work with each patient and the patient’s primary care physician to ensure success. Our goal is to make sure that our patients receive the highest level of care available.

If you would like more information about the Wound Care Department or would like to schedule a wound evaluation, call us at (626) 915-6261.