There is no longer any reason to live with an open sore.
Every wound has its unique set of circumstances. Saint Mary’s Wound Healing Center is equipped and staffed to address them all, with most treatments covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance plans. We are experts at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment with a success rate of 90% healed in 12-16 weeks. Our partner, National Healing Corporation, is one of the most comprehensive wound healing companies in the nation. National Healing Corporation, in partnership with Ohio State University, operates the largest research institute dedicated solely to the healing of wounds.
Our Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors, nurses, and therapists, all dedicated to healing chronic wounds. The causes of open sores are complex and our group represents expertise in all of the major areas necessary to handle their various circumstances and challenges. It could be as simple as changing a medication, or more complex. Whatever it takes for healing to occur, we are equipped and staffed to make it happen. Dr. Peter Jacoby serves as our Medical Director to guide us to clinical excellence. Dr. Jacoby, along with eleven multidiscplinary panel physicians, collaborate with our clinical staff to provide the highest level of care possible.
Generally, the physician
presently treating your wound will refer you to our
Center. Or, you can make your appointment directly.
When you call for your first appointment,
we will ask you a few questions about your wound and
health in general.
Before beginning treatment, our team
of doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate
your wound and review your health and medical history.
Tests might be conducted to tell us
more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation as
well as to determine if there is any infection present.
Together with your physician, we will
develop a treatment program based on our assessment
of your special needs. Your program will likely involve
regular visits to the Center. Your progress is meticulously
documented and adjusted as necessary.
We are in constant communication with
your doctor throughout your care. Once your wound is
healed, you will return to your doctor for follow-up
care. And of course, you will continue with your
personal doctor for any related ailments like diabetes
- A list of any medications you are currently taking, as well as any allergies you are aware of
- Medical record, including x-rays if you have them
- Insurance forms or cards
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We will count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You will learn about caring for your wound at home, including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We are always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.
Our results are impressive, with most chronic wounds improved within weeks.
New wound healing options available here.
At the Wound Healing Center, you’ll receive the right treatment to heal your wound.
Your wound care physician may prescribe some of these therapies:
- Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
- Specially-chosen dressings and wraps
- Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
- Platelet growth technologies
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100 % oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives , that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out. Introduced in the mid-'60s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch televisions players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.
The Wound Healing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.
For more information, call (203) 709-3000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm.