Help for hard-to-heal wounds
Imagine having an open wound that no bandage, ointment or even time has healed. Many people don’t have to imagine it—millions live with it every day. That’s why Jennersville Regional Hospital opened the Center for Wound Healing.
While anyone can suffer from chronic wounds, people who have diabetes are at higher risk. Nearly 15 percent of the 17 million Americans with diabetes suffer from some type of chronic wound. Without proper treatment, this type of ailment may require amputation. Other types of chronic wounds are caused by pressure or peripheral nerve problems associated with numbness and tingling, especially in the feet.
The Center for Wound Healing at Jennersville Regional Hospital provides advanced technologies and wound-treatment protocols and products, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBO chambers surround the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure in sessions that last from 90 minutes to two hours, helping wounds to heal from the inside out. This allows the body to deliver higher levels of oxygen into the bloodstream, which aids in healing wounds by stimulating new tissue growth and maximizing white blood cells’ ability to fight infection. Hyperbaric therapy may even help prevent amputation.
The Wound Clinic team uses a multidisciplinary approach and is dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal outcomes regardless of the underlying cause. The Center uses effective science-based, advanced treatments for acute and chronic wounds, including:
• Acute wounds, caused by trauma and/or second or third degree burns.
• Chronic wounds, including diabetic ulcers that usually occur on the feet or legs as a result of poor arterial circulation and nerve damage.
• Venous stasis ulcers, the most common type of leg ulcer, caused by poor venous circulation (venous insufficiency).
• Pressure ulcers, usually caused by unrelieved pressure and generally found over a bony prominence.
• Arterial ulcers, usually resulting from poor circulation or arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. These ulcers can be painful and usually occur on the toes or feet
If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic wound, call 610-869-1533 to learn more about The Center for Wound Healing at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
The Center is located in the Medical Office Building that’s attached to the Hospital facility in Suite 206.