The Wound Healing Center at Paoli Hospital has been providing service
since 1993. The Wound Care Team offers a comprehensive, conservative
approach to treating patients. A board-certified general surgeon and a
certified wound care nurse apply an interdisciplinary approach to the
treatment of wounds.
Patients initially undergo a complete assessment to identify the
underlying cause of the wound, and an individualized treatment plan is
devised. When necessary, consultations in vascular intervention,
diabetic and nutrition education, infectious disease, orthotics,
compression therapy and other disciplines are readily available. We
work directly with the primary and/or referring physicians to keep them
informed of the patient's progress.
Many factors affect the healing of wounds. Diabetes, weight gain, heart
disease, poor circulation and medications are just a few of the
conditions that can slow down or stop a wound from healing.
Consequently, wound healing is a complex process involving the patient,
the environment and the healthcare professional. Our skilled physicians
and staff provide a comprehensive program designed to heal the wounds,
educate the patient and prevent recurrence.
Types of wounds treated include:
Arterial and/or venous
Available services include:
Initial complete assessment and treatment plan with first visit
Follow-up visits biweekly to bimonthly, depending on the wound
Debridement (removal of dead tissue from the wound bed)
Ongoing patient follow-up
Letters to referring physicians
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that allows
patients to breathe pure oxygen while lying comfortably inside a
pressurized chamber. Breathing 100 percent oxygen
delivered at increased pressure increases the amount of oxygen being
carried by the blood. This results in more oxygen being delivered to the
organs and tissues in the body. This improves the benefits of certain
antibiotics, activates white blood cells to fight infection and promotes
the healing process in chronic wounds.
HBOT is well known for its use in underwater diving accidents, but it
also has beneficial healing effects in other conditions, including:
Radiation tissue damage
Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
Other chronic nonhealing wounds
HBOT must be used in conjunction with a total care program, including
good nutrition and daily wound care.
The Wound Healing Center at Paoli Hospital has been certified by the
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for its
Hyperbaric Medicine Program. The UHMS recognized the Center for its high
performance and standards of care, as it demonstrated a commitment to
excellent patient care and facility safety. The Center is the first in
Southeastern Pennsylvania to receive this distinction.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.