Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
at Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital
400 W. Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801