Heal faster with specialized wound care including hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Wounds can refuse to heal for many reasons, from diabetes to prolonged sitting or lying in bed. If you have a wound that has not shown improvement in four weeks or failed to heal in eight weeks, call to make an appointment for an evaluation.
Wound care specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care at all three Health Quest hospitals: Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Each location has been awarded National Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Clinical staff, including registered nurses, specialty technicians and physicians, have completed certified courses in hyperbaric medicine.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen makes wounds heal faster. That’s why our three wound care locations offer advanced Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy delivered by a highly trained staff of hyperbaric specialists.
The most common results from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are:
- Wound healing
- Preservation of damaged tissues
- Infection control
- Increased blood vessel formation
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works:
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy speeds up your natural healing process by boosting oxygen levels in your blood from the normal 21% to 100%. The blood circulating in your body floods your tissues with much - needed oxygen that not only helps fight infection but encourages the formation of new skin cells.
During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy you breathe 100% oxygen while lying inside a treatment chamber set at a pressure greater than sea level. The increased oxygen is delivered to all tissues where there is sufficient blood flow. This oxygen-rich blood helps fight infection, supports tissue growth and promotes wound healing.
What to expect from your treatment:
This procedure does not cause additional pain. Patients can lie comfortably in the chamber listening to music or watch your favorite television show. With the increased oxygen, you may feel a temporary fullness in your ears, very similar to how you might feel on an airplane.
Each treatment session lasts 1.5 hours and most wounds require 30 to 40 treatments. However, this is subjective to your individual case.
Generally, there are no serious side effects.
Medical conditions that can be helped from oxygen therapy:
- Diabetic wounds
Compromised grafts and flaps
Necrotizing soft tissue infections
Delayed radiation injury
Air or gas embolism
Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crush injuries
Other Wound Care Therapies
Our services also include:
- Wound evaluation
- Noninvasive vascular studies
- Specialty wound dressings
- Bioengineered skin grafts
- Compression therapy
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Wound cultures, debridements and biopsies
- Treatment of wound, skin and bone infections, including antibiotic therapy
- Care for ostomies
- Total contact leg casting
- Patient and family education to improve outcomes and minimize re-occurrences
- Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
- Treatment of burns
- Treatment for lymphedema
- Management of Venous insufficiency symptoms and treatment
We also treat non-wound related injuries, such as soft tissue radiation necrosis, carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness.
The Wound Care Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital offers a Healing Steps Support Group, which provides emotional support to patients and their families. It is led by a wound care nurse specialist and features guest speakers. The support group is usually held on the last Tuesday of each month. Patients at any Health Quest wound care location and their families are welcome. For more information, please call 845-871-3881.
Ostomy Support Group, of the Mid-Hudson Valley through United Ostomy Associations of America, support group meetings are held onsite at Vassar Brothers Medical Center the 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 845-297-0587.
See News and Events for upcoming meeting dates.
Make an Appointment
All three wound care locations accept both physician referrals and patient self-referrals. If you’re a patient, you can call 845-871-3888 to schedule an evaluation of your non-healing wound.
Patient intake forms can be downloaded for each hospital location. You can complete the form and bring it with you to your first appointment.
NDH Wound Care Patient Intake Form
PHC Wound Care Patient Intake Form
VBMC Wound Care Patient Intake Form
- The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been awarded National Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (October 2012)
- The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine of Northern Dutchess Hospital has been awarded the 2014 Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.