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The Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing
The Memorial Hermann Center for Hyperbaric Medicine
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
713- 704-5900

MISSION STATEMENT

PATIENT POPULATION

MODALITIES

DIABETIC FOOT CLINIC

LIMB SALVAGE

PHARMACEUTICAL  TRIALS

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

LYMPHEDEMA


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing and the Hermann Center for Hyperbaric Medicine is to relieve patient suffering in a nurturing atmosphere, encourage hope, and provide comfort and dignity. Our combined mission is to foster a comprehensive program in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management which will be a legacy to future health care workers, contribute to the field of medicine, and allow us to leave something behind of ourselves in the form of a visible and productive program.

Our mission is to design and carry out research projects that will increase our knowledge in the field of hyperbaric medicine and wound healing. Research allows personal growth through the learning process and enhances our effectiveness by attendance at scientific meetings. We have chosen to do this particular type of demanding and rewarding work because we enjoy the challenge. We desire personal growth and satisfaction, and wish to provide the best possible patient care. We endeavor to provide a congenial working atmosphere as we strive together for these common goals.

Written by the Physicians and Staff of the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing and the
Memorial Hermann Center for Hyperbaric Medicine

The Wound Center provides state of the art care for difficult to heal wounds of every description including diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, arterial ulcers, non healing surgical wounds, wounds due to sickle cell anemia or vasculitis, and many other challenging problems. Click here for 'before and after' photos of wounds that have healed.
     
The Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing was the first Wound Center in Houston. The center began in 1990 under the direction of Dr. Caroline Fife, in close association with Dr. Adelaide Hebert, Professor of Dermatology.
     
Patient Population:
We treat patients with diabetic foot ulcers, peripheral vascular disease, vasculitis, venous stasis ulcers, sickle cell anemia ulcers, non healing surgical wounds, scleroderma, pressure sores, and all other wound healing problems.
     
Modalities:
We utilize the latest in technology, evaluating patients as appropriate with transcutaneous oximetry in the clinic to assess skin oxygen levels. Wound healing modalities such as Becalpermin (Regranex), semi-synthetic human skin (Apligraf, Dermagraft), negative pressure wound dressings (the V.A.C. by K.C.I. - click here to see photos), hyperbaric oxygen therapy, fluidotherapy, anodyne, and other modalities are available. We also utilize the latest in wound dressings to maintain a moist wound environment conducive to healing, such as hydrocolloids, silver containing products, cadexomer iodine, and others. Patients are assessed by our experienced physicians at the initial visit, and a comprehensive plan is created for each patient. Photo documentation is provided, and patients are followed closely in the clinic until healing occurs.

Sometimes multiple modalities are necessary in order for a patient to heal. It may be necessary to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the VAC together (click here to see photos), or the VAC followed by semisynthetic human skin (click here to see photos).
     
The Diabetic Foot Clinic:
Our diabetic foot clinic, in association with the University of Texas Health Science Center department of Orthopedic Surgery, Foot and Ankle specialists, and podiatric foot care experts, offers total contact casting and other off-loading options, and surgical management as needed. We follow a limb salvage protocol which reduces the likelihood of amputation in diabetics with lower extremity ulceration. Click here to see before and after photos.
     
Limb Salvage:
An aggressive limb salvage program, in conjunction with the University of Texas Division of Cardiology, offers early vascular intervention to patients with vascular compromise. Patients are evaluated with transcutaneous oximetry, and if appropriate, referred directly for magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). MRA does not require contrast dye which is toxic to the kidneys, does not require a needle stick of the arteries, and therefore does not have any risk of bleeding or similar complications. The angiograms obtained in this way can be evaluated to determine whether patients are candidates for revascularization either via angioplasty, or via surgery. We are then able to confirm that the procedure was successful by repeating transcutaneous oximetry (see our article by Hanna). If oxygen values are still low, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be useful. See the attached article for a fuller explanation of this protocol.
 
Pharmaceutical Trials:
We frequently participate in trials sponsored by pharmaceutical or wound care companies. We have participated in the research behind products such as Regranex, Apligraf and the V.A.C. Ask if we have any on-going trials. These often have benefits to participants such as fee medical care, or the chance to receive new technology.
 
Information Management:
The Memorial Hermann Wound Center was the first in the country to pioneer electronic medical documentation in the wound care, lymphedema, and hyperbaric medicine discipline, going “live” with a computerized system in 1997. The original Wound Care software package is now available through Intellicure.
 
Lymphedema
Before and After
See the photos of some of our patients before and after treatment for lymphedema.


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The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
   
The Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing
6411 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030-1501
Telephone: 713-704-5900 
 Fax: 713-704-5793  |  Emergency Telephone: 713-704-4268

Last Updated February 21, 2007