Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Appointments: 973-989-3725

For patients suffering from a chronic or non-healing wound, The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Clare’s, operated in conjunction with Healogics™, offers relief through a comprehensive, leading-edge approach to wound management.

Wound Care Team

Our board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners and nursing staff have advanced training in the care of difficult, non-healing wounds, and will develop an individualized comprehensive treatment plan for each patient while working closely with the primary care physician. Professional, personalized attention is given to each patient to attain a positive healing outcome. The team includes:

  • Board certified Interventional Radiologists trained in laser venous ablations
  • Ragestered Vascular Techs
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dedicated, specially trained techs and nurses to address individual patient and family needs

Our Approach

Chronic and non-healing wounds usually result from conditions such as: diabetes, neuropathic and ischemic ulcers, venous insufficiency, pressure, non-healing, traumatic and surgical wounds, vasculitis, burns, and late effects of radiation.

Our expert staff employs multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities including, but not limited to: debridement, advanced wound care dressings, biological skin grafts, vacuum assisted closure therapy, compression therapy, nutritional management, management of wound pain, diabetic education, infectious disease management, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Services

Diagnostic consults

Venous Insufficiency education

Vascular history and venous clinical severity score screening

Pre and post-procedure duplex ultrasound

Ultrasound guided endovenous laser treatment

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

HBOT is a medical treatment that uses pressurized oxygen to aid in healing wounds. The patient relaxes in a comfortable chamber which is pressurized at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. This allows them to breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma so it may carry anywhere from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues. By increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood that is circulated to body tissues, HBOT can promote wound healing, preserve damaged tissue, help to control infection, and increase the formation of blood vessels.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be considered for many conditions, including: diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, progressive necrotizing infection/fasciitis, acute peripheral arterial insufficiency.

HBOT is pain-free, safe and effective, with few to no side effects. During treatment, patients lie in a see-through atmosphere-controlled chamber that allows freedom of movement. During the hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the patients are monitored at all times by a trained technician. Most patients listen to music, watch TV, or nap during their treatment. Individual treatments last from 90 to 120 minutes. The number of treatments prescribed varies by condition; usually 20 to 60 treatments administered five days per week.

All HBOT sessions are supervised by specialty trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and nursing staff.

VeinCare at the Wound Care Center

Saint Clare’s Dover Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine now also offers advanced, minimally-invasive laser treatment in the center. We utilize state of the are equipment to offer vein ablation services to treat patients with chronic venous insufficiency. When it is medically necessary, the Wound Care Center will be able to provide vein ablation services in house using the CEAP Scale. The CEAP Scale is a standardized comprehensive classification system that has been developed to allow uniform diagnosis. The typical VeinCare patient is often the same patient already receiving wound care treatment. The addition of vein ablation services benefits wounded patients by providing a one-stop location to receive diagnostic consults, pre-procedure ultrasound, ablation procedure and follow-up ultrasounds. This solution improves the patient experience and convenience.

Location

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital

400 W. Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801

Phone: 973-989-3725