When a wound fails to heal following six weeks of standard medical care, it is considered a "problem wound" and has the potential to benefit from the services offered by a wound healing center. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hartford Hospital provides high quality, cost-effective treatment for individuals with problem wounds.
Diagnoses typically referred to a wound care center include:
- diabetic foot ulcers
- chronic venous ulcers (leg ulcers)
- pressure ulcers (decubiti, bed sores)
- chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- radiation-related tissue damage
- any ulcer/wound that persists for more than 6-weeks despite medical care
These wounds typically occur in persons suffering from:
- congestive heart failure
- vascular disease
- venous thrombosis
- collagen vascular diseases
- complications associated with surgery and spinal cord injuries
- renal failure and dialysis
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases.
The range of services offered include:
- Vascular assessment, including determination of ankle-brachial index and transcutaneous oxygen measurements. Further testing can be carried out within the hospital vascular laboratory or at a vascular lab of the referring physician’s choice
- Nutritional assessment and intervention
- Infection assessment and intervention
- Pain assessment and analgesic optimization
- Scientifically proven treatment protocols that include advanced wound care technologies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, topical growth factor therapy, negative pressure therapy, bioengineered skin substitutes and total contact casting
- Collaboration with physical therapists and podiatrists for determination of appropriate footwear and application of modern off-loading techniques
- Compression therapy and lower extremity edema control
- Patient and family education.
- Lifelong follow up care to ensure recurrences are kept to a minimum is also an option.
- Access to investigational protocols and emerging new therapies