Published on June 01, 2013

Healing Wounds and Saving Lives

As a physician, you are well aware of the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. But not all wounds heal on their own. A patient with a chronic wound may require specialized wound care. That’s when a referral to the North Kansas City Hospital’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center helps you care for your patients.

Since opening in 2000, we have treated almost 5,000 patients, many with multiple wounds. “With our established protocols and full diagnostic testing we maintain a 93 percent healing rate in 14 weeks or less,” says Karl Stark, MD, the center’s medical director. See case studies.

Referring a patient to the Wound Care Center offers advantages

Safe Treatment For Infected Wounds

A high percentage of patients with difficult wounds are infected with potential pathogens and resistant organisms, such as MRSA. These wounds should only be opened in isolation, and at the Hospital’s wound center, infectious disease specialists are available for consultation.

Seamless, Integrated Care

We provide seamless, integrated care in cooperation with a number of specialists at North Kansas City Hospital. Wounds often have associated factors and underlying issues requiring specialists to identify and diagnose complex issues including pressure and blood flow problems. Treating patients on campus allows for a high degree of intensity and collaboration to resolve issues and heal patients.

Wound Care Referrals Help You Manage costs

Treating wound patients in your office can be costly. Wound patients often require lengthy visits and specialized wound care products. Weekly patient visits aid healing and our staff is equipped to handle weekly appointments and post inpatient follow up. Additionally, we can perform hyperbaric oxygen therapy and schedule ancillary tests to be completed on the Hospital campus.

What To Expect

At the first visit, your patients will be evaluated by an experienced team of wound physicians and certified wound nurses.  We can either treat your patients’ wounds or perform a consultation offering a recommended course of treatment.  If your patient is homebound, we arrange home health visits for wound care.

We recommend patients see their primary care physicians before scheduling appointments with the wound center but patients can also schedule their own appointments. 

All referring physicians and primary care physicians will receive dictation from every visit as well as four-week updates regarding patients’ wound conditions and healing rate. 

We offer the full spectrum of wound care services. The types of wounds we treat include:

  • Trauma
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Arterial insufficiencies
  • Pilonidal cysts
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Crush injuries/compartment syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Infected wounds
  • Any other chronic wound condition 

Patients who receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) can receive a full course of treatment at our center.  Indications for HBO are:HBO

  • Crush injury/Compartment Syndrome
  • Failed Surgical Graft or Flap
  • Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Radiation Injury
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer
  • Necrotizing Infections

Karl Stark, MD

Dr. Stark earned his MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Truman Medical Center and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Middlesex General University Hospital, NJ. Dr. Stark practices at KC Vascular and is the Midwest medical director for Healogics.

Learn More

To learn more about our Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, call 816-691-5055.