(Posted June 20, 2019)
The Wound Care Center at Madison Health will open June 27 to offer advanced wound care for people living with chronic, non-healing wounds. Madison Health has partnered with Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced, chronic wound care services. Healogics is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., and has a nationwide network of nearly 700 wound care centers.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the United States, and that number is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
“We are pleased to partner with the nation’s leading wound care management company to heal more wounds and change more lives than ever before,” said Dana Engle, CEO at Madison Health.
The Wound Care Center offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care. A patient’s individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment. These treatments are the result of a team approach among the center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician. A treatment plan is developed and scheduled based on the patient’s needs. Once treatment is complete, the patient returns to their primary physician to continue routine care.
Additionally, the Wound Care Center will be equipped with Healogics’ newest technologies, enabling the critical connection between people living with chronic wounds and their multi-disciplinary healthcare team for collaborative, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
“Many of our community members are affected by wounds that are unable to heal with conventional treatment,” said Jennifer Piccione, vice president of nursing and clinical services at Madison Health. “Our Wound Care Center offers a full spectrum of services so our patients are able to receive specialized treatments to improve healing, in an outpatient environment that is close to home.”
The physicians and clinicians at the Wound Care Center will utilize leading-edge therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal chronic wounds. HBO increases the amount of oxygen to wounds allowing them to heal from the inside.
Patients receiving treatments relax on a bed encased in a large transparent cover, as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure.
Under hyperbaric conditions, oxygen molecules in the patient’s red blood cells become reduced in size to more easily dissolve into the liquid portion of the blood and be transported throughout the body to speed healing. HBO treatments are used for wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has proven, well-documented results healing numerous conditions, including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, and some types of vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation,” stated Katy Rowland, chief clinical officer at Healogics.
Likely candidates for treatment at the center are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven’t healed within a reasonable time frame. For more information, call (740) 845-7192. No referral is needed.