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Coping with Problem Wounds
At any given time, an estimated six million Americans suffer from problem wounds. There are many types of wounds. Some are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders. Other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds. At the Wound Care Center at The Chester County Hospital, the certified staff utilizes the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing. The Center's staff remains current in new scientific advances in wound care, including the use of the Center's Hyperbaric Chamber, which is used in the treatment of diabetic extremity wounds, radiation tissue damage, and crush injuries.
Your Wound Care Team
The Wound Care Center is operated by The Chester County Hospital Health System in conjunction with Diversified Clinical Services, the nation's largest provider of hospital-based wound care services. The Center's services are designed to be an extension of your primary physician's services in the rapid healing of your wounds. The Center's staff is committed to the healing of problem wounds through the combined efforts of highly trained professionals that include:
Developing Your Personal Treatment Program
Upon arriving at the Wound Care Center, you will undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound that you have. Issues contributing to difficulties in healing will also be reviewed. Next, a results-oriented program specifically designed for you will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options available. Your treatment may include:
Once your personal treatment plan has been initiated, regular visits to the Wound Care Center will be established to manage your wound. Keeping appointments and following directions clearly are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. You will also play an active role in administering your own wound care at home between visits, as well as learning how to protect your wound from further complications. You are the most important part of your healing process and by working together we can get you back on the road to good health.
Applying Hyperbaric Therapy
The Wound Care Center at The Chester County Hospital utilizes advanced technologies in the treatment of wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, originally derived from the diving and aerospace industry to provide proper oxygen levels to the body. During hyperbaric treatment, patients are placed into a comfortable and safe environment where they breathe 100% pure oxygen while under pressure of up to 3 atmospheres. Increased oxygen levels within the body speeds healing and helps fight infection, improves swelling and supports the development of new blood vessels. Treatments are safe, comfortable and in most cases, produce favorable outcomes when other conventional wound treatments have failed.
Disorders and injuries commonly treated using hyperbaric Therapy include:
Prior to becoming a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient undergoes a comprehensive evaluation where a tailored treatment plan is developed by Clinic staff. Every patient is closely followed and evaluated throughout the program until complete wound healing has been achieved.
In 2008 and again in 2010, The Chester County Hospital received Gold Seals of Approval™ for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission in not just one, but six different clinical areas. Our orthopedic services for hip replacement and knee replacement were recognized, as were our programs for stroke, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and wound care.
For the second year in a row, the Center has been awarded both the Center of Distinction award and the Robert A Warriner MD Center of Excellence award from Diversified Clinical Services, the Hospital's Wound Management Partner Company. Both awards recognize the impressive patient outcomes and outstanding care provided by the Center in 2009. During this time the Center has met or exceeded the Diversified benchmarks for Healing Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, Outlier Management, and Days to Heal.
Last Updated: 12/14/2011