Welcome to the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharon Hospital
Since opening on October 3, 2011, our heal rate has been over 96% & our patients give the wound center a 96% 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
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.
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
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- 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:
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
Thomas G. Gugliemo, D.P.M.
Specialty: Podiatrist, Medical and Surgical Foot Care for Adults and Chldren
Joanna Wyszomirski, RN, BSN, MBA
Clinical Program Director
Meet the Nursing Team:
Julie Whalen, LPN, Certified HBO Technician
Tracey Waite, RN
Shannon Thomas, RN
Susanna Churton, RN
Krista McGhee, RN
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 800 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.