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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wound Healing

How Wounds Heal

 

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. 

The goal is to treat all patients with compassion and kindness, and to systematically and continuously monitor the quality and appropriateness of care, treatment and services. We strive to provide cost-effective, safe, quality care and are committed to coordinating care with referring physicians, primary physicians, home health agencies and/or other healthcare providers.

Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Wound Care

Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds can lead to lower quality of life and even amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

At The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, the multidisciplinary care team works with your primary physician to address the full scope of your health concerns as they relate to your wound. Your care team may include:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Podiatry specialists
  • General surgery specialists
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing

Depending on your individual needs, you may receive the following services:

  • Infectious disease management
  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Nutritional management
  • Pain management
  • Diabetes education

Advanced treatment approaches may include:

  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Bio-engineered skin grafts/substitutes
  • Compression therapy
  • Wound cultures and biopsies
  • Treatment of wound, skin and bone infections including antibiotic therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Debridement
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

You can call us directly for an appointment, or seek a referral through your primary care physician. At your first appointment, we will perform a full assessment to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, your overall health status and your ability to comply with needed therapies.

Your evaluation may include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan will be developed to optimize your therapy. Please allow up to 90 minutes for the initial visit.

After Your First Visit

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will be fully instructed on how to care for your wound at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

You may drive yourself to your appointments, and you should plan for about 45 minutes for each appointment.

If you have a cold or cough, flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, let us know before your treatments begin. Also, inform us about any medications you are taking or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: Your blood sugar level will be checked during each visit.)

We look forward to caring for you during your journey to healing. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

To schedule an appointment, please call (860) 364-4515, TTY/Accessibility (800) 842 -9710.

Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced treatment indicated for specific wound problems. During HBOT, you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This delivers a high concentration of oxygen to your bloodstream, which increases your body's ability to heal wounds. This type of therapy is administered daily; the number of treatments depends on your specific diagnosis and condition.

The hyperbaric chamber is safe and comfortable. You'll go through an orientation to get comfortable with the chamber and treatment details before beginning treatment. The clear-sided chambers allow you to enjoy beautiful landscapes while being treated; each chamber also has a flat screen television so you can enjoy local television programs or movies.

Meet Your Care Team

Doug Finch, MD,* Medical Director
Specialties: Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine

Joseph J. Catania, MD, FACS*
Specialties: Laparoscopic Hernia, Colon and Gallbladder Surgery; Oncologic Surgery; Breast Surgery

W. Peter Reyelt, Jr., MD*
Specialty: General Surgery

Thomas G. Gugliemo, DPM*
Specialty: Podiatry — Medical and Surgical Foot Care for Adults and Children

Joanna Wyszomirski, MBA, BSN, RN, Clinical Program Director

Meet Your Nursing Team

Julie Whalen, LPN, Certified HBO Technician 

Tracey Waite, RN

Shannon Thomas, RN

Susanna Churton, RN

Krista McGhee, RN

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital is located at the rear entrance of Sharon Hospital, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

*The physicians identified are neither agents or employees of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations. The physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.