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02/13/2016
By: Valerie W.
Northshore Emergency Center - Corpus Christi Medical Center
I've been here twice now,the last time just two days ago when I wanted to know of I had pneumonia or not. There was no wait,and Robert,the overnight RN was great.I had a chest X-ray and was told I had pneumonia. They wanted to do a CT to see if there were any blood clots they said. I passed on the CT,got my scrips,had a breathing treatment and went home. The next day they call saying there's a nodule on my lung and they'd like me to come in for a CT. So,they could see the nodule the night before,why not tell me about it then?_I think this is a moneymaking technique: we see something new, come back for expensive test you declined last night. They did the same thing the first time I went there: called the following day with a we-found-something- story. Something they could have and should have discovered during the initial visit. Of COURSE they wanna use their big, expensive toys... I think there's something fishy in Denmark..
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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