wound care

Welcome to the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital

Since January 2014, our heal rate has been over 98% & our patients give the wound center a 100% satisfaction rate. Read on for more information, or call 860.364.4515 to schedule an appointment today!

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital, managed by Healogics™, provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.  Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.

That’s where our Wound Care Center® can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health.

The Wound Care Center’s multidisciplinary team includes podiatrists, surgeons and infectious disease specialists.

Chronic wounds: a growing problem

Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life.  Almost 24 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Of those with diabetes, more than 8 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.  At The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

Partnership with the leading wound care management team leads to successful healing

Through a partnership with Healogics, Sharon Hospital is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 500 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 91% healing rate within 30 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction. At Sharon Hospital, we are proud to say that our healing rates are over 98%.

A comprehensive team of wound care specialists

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital is designed to complement your physicians’ services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Podiatry and General Surgery specialists
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

What to expect from the first appointment

Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment.  Upon referral to The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

What is specialized wound care?

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.  It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process.  Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.  When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing.

Preparing for your treatments.

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment. Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

If you are sick or on medication.

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: Your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

The healing team at The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital

To schedule an appointment, please call 860.364.4515.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced treatment indicated for specific wound problems. Patients breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. A high concentration of oxygen is delivered to a patient’s bloodstream. This increases the body’s wound healing abilities. Therapy is administered daily; the number of treatments depends on and individual’s diagnosis and condition.

The hyperbaric chamber is safe and comfortable. Individual orientation familiarizes patients with the chamber and treatment details before beginning treatment. The clear sided chambers allow patients to enjoy the beautiful landscapes while being treated. Each chamber has a flat screen televisions to allow enjoyment of local television programs or movies.

Our Purpose

The Wound Care Center is a diagnostic and therapeutic center for chronic problem wounds.

Non-emergent hyperbaric treatments are available. Populations served: Adults over 18 years of age

Our Scope of Services

Patients may be referred by a physician health care worker, or self-referred.  A physician will complete a history and physical, order diagnostic tests, if indicated, and determine a plan of care following established clinical practice guidelines.  Treatment will focus on the causation of the wound, co-existing conditions that impact wound healing, and topical wound management.

Services offered include:

  • Wound consultation/evaluation, diagnostic and ongoing assessment, and treatment
  • Non-invasive vascular studies
  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Bio-engineered skin grafts/substitutes
  • Compression therapy
  • Wound cultures and biopsies
  • Treatment of wound, skin and bone infections including antibiotic therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Debridement’s
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Our Goals

  • To treat all patients with compassion and kindness
  • To systematically and continuously monitor the quality and appropriateness of care, treatment and services
  • To provide cost effective, safe quality care
  • To coordinate the patient’s plan of care with referring physicians, primary physicians, home health agencies, and/or other health care providers

Meet The Physician & Patient Care Team:

Sara Case, MD, FACS, CWSP
Specialty: Wound Care & General Surgery. Dr. Sara Case is a leading expert in the field of Wound Care. She is now part of a distinguished group of wound care physicians. Dr. Case is a diplomate of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. This means that she has

  • A higher level of expert knowledge, training and experience
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of ancillary fields which provide specialized equipment and supportive therapy to provide interdisciplinary holistic approach to complex wound problems
  • Contact with wound experts across the country in doing research and developing new therapies in this rapidly evolving field

Joseph J. Catania, MD, FACS
Specialty: Laparoscopic Hernia; Colon and Gallbladder Surgery; Oncologic Surgery; Breast Surgery

W. Peter Reyelt, Jr., MD
Specialty: General Surgery

Doug Finch, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine

Christian Davis, DPM
Specialty: Podiatry and Wound Care

Renee Maus, RN
Program Director

Nursing Team:

Jennifer Gonch, RN

Laura Abott, LPN, Certified HBO Technician

Tracey Waite, RN

IN THE NEWS:

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Celebrated their 3rd Anniversary on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 with an OPEN HOUSE.

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital Receives National Award for Clinical Excellence

Sharon, CT — Sharon Hospital physicians, leaders, and clinicians gathered today to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to The Center for Orthopedics at Sharon Hospital by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over (92%). The Center’s score is 98%, healing rates of 98% (a minimum 91%) wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal as well as other quality outcomes . There were 511 centers eligible for the center of Distinction award, and only 157 achieved the honor.

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital is a member of the Healogics Network of over 550 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds. The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments included hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and growth factor therapies.

“The leadership team at Sharon Hospital is extremely proud of the care given by our wound care center physicians and patient-care team” stated Kimberly Lumia, President & CEO, Sharon Hospital. “The healing rates at our Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and quality outcomes are outstanding. Patients in need of wound care services have an amazing resource located right here in the northwest corner, close to home”, she added.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) has greatly improved lives for our patients who suffered from diabetic foot ulcers . HBO is also used to treat urinary problems, pain and failure of healing in patients who have received radiation treatments, even years after they received the radiation therapy for irradiated areas”, stated Sara Case, MD, FACS, CWSP, Medical Director for The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital. “Our clinical team is attentive, compassionate, and experienced in caring for patients with wounds, including ulcers due to swollen legs and complicated wounds following trauma”, she added.

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital is located at the rear entrance of Sharon Hospital, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Appointments are available by calling 860.364.4515.

About Healogics, Inc.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and see nearly 200,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families.  Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population.

For additional information, you may visit www.healogics.com.