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Patients referred to the Wound Healing Center program benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach. Integrating a team of wound care professionals increases the level of care, improves patients compliance and clinical outcomes.
We Specialize in Healing Chronic Wounds: If you're suffering from a non-healing wound, you're not alone. Every year, chronic wounds, caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions, keeps millions of Americans just like you from doing things they love to do. The AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center can help you get your life back. Our unique multidisciplinary team specially trained doctors and nurses treat more of these wounds than anyone else. Many patients find wounds that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment can be treated. It's all we do. In fact, for most patients, the AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center program leaves them completely healed in just a few weeks.
The AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center can help patients with all chronic wounds, including:
With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, human skin equivalents, compression therapy, special shoes/offloading devices, and patient education, people with non-healing wounds now have a place to turn.
HBOT is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria; it is expected that 10 to 20% of the wound care cases will do so. Throughout HBOT treatments, the patients are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy is most likely beneficial to the patient.
During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities along with delayed effects of radiation.
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When you come in, our staff will evaluate your wound and general health. They'll review your medical, wound and medication history. A blood test may be involved. You may also need special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound area.
Your Healing Program: When your test results are in, we'll put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to the AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center to provide treatment, evaluate progress and make any changes that might be needed. You (or your care-giver) will be given detailed instructions in home care, nutrition, dressing (bandage) changes and protecting the wound from further injury.
You're a Vital Part of the Program: Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. At any time you or your family members have questions, our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions.
The AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center works with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise.
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. At any time you or your family members have questions, our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions. The AtlantiCare Wound Healing Center works with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you'll need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical variety of treatment options are available depending on type and severity of a wound. Treatment may include the following:
Most often Medicare and Medicaid reimburse for approved procedures. Many health plans cover the Wound Care Center treatment. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. Be sure to bring your insurance cards with you when you visit the center.