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St. Mary Opens Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
New off-site center will specialize in hard-to-heal wounds and skin ulcers.

LANGHORNE, Pa., January 28, 2010 – St. Mary Medical Center announces the opening of a new off-site Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. This new 5,000-square-foot outpatient center will offer advanced healing therapies, proven clinical protocols, and individual patient treatment plans using a disease-management approach to healing wounds that have resisted conventional treatment. Through a partnership with Diversified Clinical Services, a nationwide leader in wound-care management, the St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center will be a unique and vital resource in the community for those with hard-to-heal wounds. The state-of-the-art Wound Center will offer a comprehensive approach to wound care that speeds the healing process, allowing patients to resume their normal lifestyles faster.

“This new center greatly enhances our ability to provide the highest level of advanced wound care to greater numbers of patients in Bucks County,” notes Dr. David Brotman, Medical Director for the Wound Center, and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association. “This is a tremendous opportunity to serve the needs of the community, especially the many residents whose health and well-being are compromised by difficulties in wound healing.”

Treatment options will include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is prescribed for approximately 16 percent of non-healing wounds. HBOT is a therapy during which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside the chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This helps the blood carry more oxygen, bringing this additional oxygen to organs and tissues in the body, including the skin. This higher concentration of oxygen, along with other HBOT-induced biochemical mechanisms, accelerates the healing process. Oxygen is considered a medication and is monitored by FDA regulations. Physicians, nurses, and other staff at the St. Mary Wound Center are specially trained and certified in providing this treatment modality. The St. Mary Wound Healing Center initially will have two monoplace (single-capacity) hyperbaric chambers, making it among the first facilities in Bucks County to offer this specialized therapy within a comprehensive wound care center.

HBOT is specifically approved for treatment of certain diabetic wounds, wounds associated with chronic bone infections, wounds recently treated with surgical grafts, and other specific indications, as well as to prevent jawbone damage from radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck.

Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vein disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores). People with diabetes are at particular risk. Currently 7 million people in the United States have chronic wounds, and the epidemic rates of diabetes coupled with an aging population indicate that the incidence of chronic wounds will increasingly become a medical concern.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center will use the most advanced therapies available for healing, such as bio-engineered skin substitutes and negative-pressure wound therapy, and also will use a disease-management/patient education approach to healing wounds by addressing the underlying causes of problematic wounds – for example, venous disease, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, poor hygiene, or even ill-fitting shoes – all to help reduce the chance of recurrence.

Patients seen at the St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center will receive an assessment of their overall medical condition and ongoing care by a highly skilled team of wound-care specialists. Education on caring for the wound at home and continuous communication with the patient’s primary care physician are also part of a comprehensive healing plan. Services coordinated by the Center also may include skilled nursing care provided in the home.

“The Center can make a real difference for those whose quality of life is affected by the complications of hard-to-heal sores, pressure ulcers, surgical incisions, and traumatic injuries. Using a multidisciplinary approach, treatment plans are individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient whose wounds have not healed using standard treatment,” says Dr. Brotman. “The expertise in wound-healing management includes specialists in vascular surgery, podiatry, infectious disease, endocrinology, oncology, and internal medicine.”

The St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is conveniently located off Woodbourne Road in the Cornerstone Executive Suites, 1 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 500, Langhorne, PA 19047. To schedule an appointment, call 215-710-HEAL (215-710-4325). A physician referral may be required.