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Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center

Leading Edge Wound Care in Southeast Missouri

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is a specialized center for the treatment of chronic wounds. Certified medical specialists with advanced training in wound management use leading-edge technology and therapies to treat wounds that have resisted conventional treatment.

The indications for wound care include:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Burns
  • Peristomal skin irritations
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to wound management on an outpatient basis. A team of vascular surgeons and other Saint Francis Medical Center staff work together to identify the specific cause of a patient’s non-healing wound before developing an individualized treatment plan.

Services offered include:

  • Wound consultation/evaluation, diagnostic and ongoing
  • Non-invasive vascular studies
  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Cellular and tissue based products
  • Compression therapy
  • Treatment of wound infections
  • Patient and family education
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Debridements
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Advanced Wound Care Modalities

With an appropriate diagnosis, Medicare, Medicaid and most major insurers cover wound care and Hyperbaric treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Cape Girardeau

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is appropriate for patients with severe wound ischemia or tissue damage. Having patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressures increases the oxygen level in the tissues, which promotes healing and helps fight infection.

When combined with appropriate conventional wound care such as debridement, antibiotics, edema control and pressure relief, many previously non-healing wounds can be successfully managed. More specifically, the FDA approves 15 recognized treatment indications (most are reimbursed by CMP and private payers when the patient meets other medical necessity criteria).

  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Progressive necrotizing infection
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Actinomycosis
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Cyanide poisoning

Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy cannot improve healing in all problem wounds. However, those demonstrating reversible local tissue hypoxia and poor response to local infection will frequently benefit from this therapy, when applied in a system of advanced local wound care, appropriate antibiotics and control of systemic host factors.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Heals Wounds, Saves Lives

Learn more about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy works and the benefits it provides


Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm


No referral is needed to receive wound care at Saint Francis in Cape Girardeau. To make an appointment, call 573-331-5330.

Meet the Providers:

  • Tamara R. Shafer, MD

    Tamara R. Shafer, MD

    Director of Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center

    Wound Center / Hyperbaric Medicine
    Cape Girardeau
  • Matthew B. Schumer, MD
    Wound Center / Hyperbaric Medicine
    Family Medicine
    Primary Care
    Cape Girardeau
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