Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine

For almost 30 years, the community has utilized Capital Health’s certified wound care team of physicians and nurses to provide comprehensive health care for patients with chronic wounds and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for those with qualified conditions. In a collaborative effort with referring primary care doctors, general and plastic/reconstructive surgeons, and other specialists, our Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine provides comprehensive advanced wound techniques to improve outcomes and decrease the time to heal.

Wound Management

Our Center offers extensive wound care options with state-of-the-art treatment for all types of chronic, non-healing wounds. Our program treats all wounds that have not shown signs of healing. These include:

  • Acute burns
  • Arterial and venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Slow-healing wounds due to diabetes
  • Hearing loss due to inner ear damage
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (a bacterial infection also known as flesh-eating disease)
  • Soft tissue radiation injuries (a side effect of radiation therapy for tumors)
  • Post-operative wound complications
  • Trauma-induced wounds

Patients in our program receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan from certified wound care specialists and a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Endocrinologists
  • Infectious Disease Physicians
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Nurses Certified in Wound and Ostomy Care
  • Nutritionists
  • Podiatrists
  • Pulmonologists/Critical Care Specialists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons

TREATMENT

On the initial office visit, patients will receive a comprehensive, individual evaluation and a review of risk factors and conditions contributing to delayed healing of their wound. Diet, hygiene, level of activity and other medical issues that affect wound healing are also examined. With our team approach, each patient’s needs are assessed and a plan of care is implemented. Treatment modalities include wound debridement, growth factor application, lymphedema compression therapy, wound coverage with skin substitutes, skin grafts and flaps, endovascular procedures, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments provide 100 percent pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Providing oxygen-rich blood to areas of the body that have insufficient oxygen improves the body’s wound healing capabilities. Our Center works in collaboration with each patient’s primary care physician while the wound is being treated. A report about the patient’s progress is sent to the primary care physician following each visit to the Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment method for inpatients and outpatients with qualifying diagnoses. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients are submerged in 100 percent oxygen while inside of a treatment chamber, at a pressure two to three times higher than sea level. This delivery of oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure (ATA) has proven to be an effective method for treating a variety of medical conditions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recognize hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a significant supplemental treatment in the following disorders:

  • Gas gangrene (occurs when infections develop deep inside the body)
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia (open fractures or crush injuries)
  • Suturing of severed limbs
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (a bacterial infection also known as flesh-eating disease)
  • Preservation of comprised skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (a type of bone infection)
  • Bone and soft tissue damage due to radiation therapy
  • Osteomyelitis (a rare bone infection) that is unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
  • Actinomycosis (a rare bacterial infection; hyperbaric therapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional therapy when disease process is resistant to antibiotics)
  • Wagner Grade III diabetic wounds

TREATMENT

Capital Health physicians, nurses and technicians are certified in hyperbaric medicine. Clinical staff includes physicians, registered wound and ostomy certified nurses, and hyperbaric oxygen chamber certified technicians. Hyperbaric medicine treatments may be used in conjunction with antibiotics and surgery. All aspects of hyperbaric medicine therapy are discussed with the patient in detail before he or she consents to treatment.

The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are widely recognized by Medicare and other insurance carriers. A staff member provides individualized education to each patient before therapy begins and is present at the chamber at all times during therapy to assist with any concerns. Some patients experience side effects such as lightheadedness, ear popping, etc. These can be further discussed upon referral of a patient. Inside the treatment chamber, patients can get comfortable lying down to watch television or a DVD.

Benefits include:

  • Improved wound healing by stimulating blood vessel growth
  • Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissues
  • Preservation of damaged tissues
  • Improved infection control

Our staff uses a collaborative model of care, working closely with each patient’s primary physician. Our doctors focus on the specific concerns for which the patient was referred for treatment, while the primary care provider continues to provide primary medical care for the patient. Our doctors also evaluate the patient’s response to treatment on a weekly basis. Progress reports are sent regularly to the referring physician.

MEET OUR TEAM

BETTER LIVING THROUGH LEARNING

Our educational programs offer patients an opportunity to achieve a better long-term quality of life by teaching preventative health measures that will decrease the recurrence rate after the wound has healed. Capital Health offers individualized and group education sessions on topics such as diabetes, stress management, nutrition and lymphedema compression therapy. For more information on these sessions, call 609-537-7457.

INSURANCE

Most insurance carriers cover the cost of this program. Please check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage for wound management. If you need assistance, our trained staff will be able to assist you with your concerns.

HOURS

Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS

Our Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell (One Capital Way, Pennington, NJ 08534).