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Wound Healing

People with diabetes, heart disease, existing infections or lung disease may have difficulty getting their wounds to heal. However, there have been several advances in this area that provides help to slow or non-healing patients. For this reason St. John’s Riverside Hospital has created a comprehensive outpatient wound management program dedicated to treating adult patients with non-healing wounds and wound prone conditions. This includes patients with wounds resulting from poor circulation as in peripheral vascular disease, chronic venous insufficiency, diabetes with neuropathy, pressure due to immobility, or other wounds that are slow to heal.

The latest in Wound Healing comes with the introduction of a state of the art Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for patients with wounds that have not responded to other treatment. HBOT supplies the oxygen the body needs to stimulate and support healing. This new form of treatment has proven to help promote wound healing and restore the body’s own ability to repair itself.  Unlike many other hospitals, St. John’s Riverside Hospital Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a single chamber allowing for personal interaction with the technician. Other benefits include a communication system to allow for constant dialog with the technician and an individual TV console to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

The Wound Healing Center consists of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who work collaboratively to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Surgical wound services are available to remove non-healthy tissue if needed, as well as more extensive debridement procedures in the Operating Room. In addition, infection control is managed by oral and/or topical antibiotics.  Wound healing procedures include measurements taken at every visit to monitor progress.

Visits are usually scheduled weekly or biweekly, depending upon healing progress. A wound photo is taken periodically to visualize progress.  Patient education is very important to us, our dedicated nursing staff provides education about wound dressing change technique, signs/symptoms of infection, underlying conditions that caused the wound, and measures to prevent recurrence as part of the healing process. Services offered by home health care nurses, nutritionists, orthotists, and physical therapists are coordinated as needed.

For more information about Wound Healing, please contact: (914) 964-4630.

To use our Physician Referral Service call (914) 964-4DOC (4362).
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