Wound Management Center

In 1995, this hospital saw the need to create a specialized wound treatment center in order to care for chronic, non-healing wounds. In June of that year, the center opened with four treatment rooms.

Patient's first view as they enter the center

Now, the Central Mississippi Medical Center Wound Management Center is one of the most comprehensive Centers in the entire nation. The Out-Patient Center that opened in 1995 has seen thousands of patients, was recognized as a regional training facility for wound care, and has been commended several times for achieving exceptional healing rates.

The highly successful clinical algorithm used in the Out-Patient Component was used to develop the In-Patient Component. This component is staffed by Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurses (also known as Enterostomal Therapists). These nurses evaluate all hospitalized patients admitted with a wound or “at risk” for acquiring a wound, based on initial evaluation. The In-Patient component has reduced length of stay for patients by promoting aggressive wound care early on in the admission. We have also implemented a policy for the proper utilization of specialty beds and surfaces.

The Out-Reach Component was designed to meet the need of nursing homes and other extended care facilities. Their patients are often compromised and highly susceptible to acquiring wounds. Using the same clinical algorithm that made our Out-Patient Center so successful, the Out-Reach Component sends a Nurse Practitioner with wound management training into the facility to visit patients at their bedside and care for their wounds. The success rate in this program has been remarkably high, and there are multiple facilities in the metro-Jackson area that utilize this service.



Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an adjunct therapy to total wound management. Patients who require this service are placed into an acrylic chamber. The chamber is filled with 100% oxygen and pressurized to two atmospheres. This treatment can be used for a host of diagnoses, including:

  • Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Gas Embolism
  • Acute Traumatic Peripheral Ischemia
  • Progressive Necrotizing Infections
  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Cyanide Poisoning
  • Diabetes w/ Peripheral Circulatory disorders
  • Decompression Illness
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Crush injuries/severed limbs
  • Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
  • Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
  • Soft Tissue Radionecrosis
  • Actinomycosis
  • Decubitus Ulcers of the lower limb

The Wound Management Center is currently treating only those conditions that are non-emergent.

The Center noted several years ago that a high percentage of wound patients had diabetes. Many had not been diagnosed as yet. Because of this, the Wound Management Center was closely tied to the creation of the Diabetes Management Center at Central Mississippi Medical Center. The DMC has their own site on this web page, and visitors are invited to visit there for specific information about our program.

There are few, if any, other Centers in the United States that can boast of this five component, multi-specialty Wound Management Center. Back to the Top

Types of Wounds

The Wound Management Center at Central Mississippi Medical Center has treated many types of wounds over the years. Examples of the types of wounds we see are:

  • Pressure Ulcers (Decubitus)
  • Diabetic Wounds
  • Infected Surgical Sites
  • Non-healing graft site
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
  • Arterial Ulcers
  • Radiation Burns
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Staffing

The Wound Management Center has a number of providers and clinical support staff who have been specially trained to take care of chronic wounds. Examples of the provider specialties are:

Karen Ransom, RN, BSN, CDFS, CWOCN and Priscilla Burks, RN, BSN - In-Patient Coordinators
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • General Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

All Providers are required to undergo some type of Problem Wound Management Training before being allowed to hold a clinic

Our clinical support staff is also highly specialized for treating chronic wounds. Here is a list of our staff specialties at the time of this writing:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse
  • Certified Diabetic Foot Specialist
  • Certified Hyperbaric Technologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
Clinical Staff in the Out-Patient Wound Management Center

Do you need the Wound Management Center?

If you have a sore or a wound that hasn’t started to heal in a month, or that hasn’t healed entirely in 8 weeks, you should consider the Wound Management Center. You could ask your doctor or health care provider about our services, or you could call us for more information at 601.376.2561. We’ve seen thousands of patients over the last eight years and have been highly successful in treating most of them. Patients have traveled from Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Texas to take advantage of our program.

Is there really a need for a specialized Wound Management Center?

At any given time, 3-5 million Americans are suffering from a chronic wound. This leads to loss of work time, poor quality of life, strained relationships, and undue pain and suffering. In some cases, a chronic wound can lead to amputation or even life threatening illness. Following our proven clinical algorithm, the specially trained physicians and staff at the Central Mississippi Medical Center Wound Management Center have treated thousands of patients with remarkable results for years.

Since the diagnosis and care for chronic wound patients is so intense, most physician offices do not have the personnel, training, or time to diagnose and treat chronic wound patients. Because chronic wound management is all we do, we have all the right people, all the right tests, and a full time clinic devoted to wound management. Because of this, we have been able to maintain a healing rate of over 80% for several years! Just ask our patients if there was a need for our services.

Your First Visit

We do not want to assume anything about our patients when they come in, so we will begin with a thorough history and physical on all our patients. We want to know what your general health is now, and what has happened to you in the past. There may be a blood test involved in your visit. Some patients need special tests to determine blood flow and oxygen flow in the area around the wound. Because we are so thorough, you can expect the first visit to last as long as three hours.

Your Treatment Plan

After the results of your tests are in and evaluated, an individualized plan of care will be devised for you. This program will include regular visits to the Wound Management Center. At each visit we will evaluate the wound, assess the healing process, and make any changes that might be required. A small percentage of our patients require hospitalization to begin treating the underlying causes of the wound. You and/or your caregiver will be given detailed instructions on home care, dressing (bandage) changes, and protecting the wound between visits. We are constantly reviewing our plan of care to make sure you are making progress. Many patients can see visible results from our treatment plan in a few weeks.

The Most Important Part of the Team ...is You

Our providers and staff will treat the wound with some of the best care you can find. We will tell you what you need to do, when and how. The only thing we cannot control is your compliance with the plan of care. If you are told to stay off a wound, and you continue to walk on it, our success will be limited. If you are told that you must change your nutritional habits (perhaps get more protein in your diet) in order for the wound to heal and you don’t cooperate, we cannot do much for you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully, and watch your progress closely between visits. If you have any questions, you can ask our staff. Your questions are welcome.

How We Work With Your Doctor

This Center functions just like any other specialist you visit. We will communicate with your primary doctor and tell him/her the plan of care we have developed. We will coordinate with them on medications and your progress, unless you tell us otherwise. You will need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical care.

Insurance Coverage

Many health plans cover Wound Management Center treatment. Your coverage depends on your specific insurance plan. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you when you visit the Wound Management Center.

Please consider the Wound Management Center as one of your doctor’s special resources, dedicated to healing your chronic wound. To contact the Central Mississippi Medical Center Wound Management Center, call (601) 376-2561.