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Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Brookhaven provides specialized treatment for acute, chronic, nonhealing wounds.
Typically, a wound that does not respond to standard medical care is considered a problem or chronic wound. Many of these wounds are associated with inadequate circulation, immobility and diabetes. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. This is where the specialists at the Brookhaven Wound Care Center can help.
People with nonhealing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn for advanced treatments available including:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Growth factors
- Bioengineered tissues
- Negative pressure wound therapy (Wound V.A.C.)
- Biologic dressings
- Active topicals
- Total contact casting
In fact, in 2012, 93% of the patients treated at the Brookhaven Wound Care Center healed within 26 days.
Our state-of-the-art outpatient facility is complemented by a highly trained wound-certified staff of medical professionals who use a team approach to patient care:
- We work closely with specialists in infectious disease management, laboratory evaluation, nutritional services, diabetic education and radiology testing to ensure a compete approach to healing.
- Our team of skilled nurses and experienced hyperbaric technicians are under the medical direction of physicians specialty-trained in surgery, podiatry, wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
- Each team member has undergone extensive training in wound care, HBOT and chamber operations. The team is committed to the best clinical practice in wound care.
- Equally important to our training and expertise is our commitment to providing compassionate care and support to every one of our patients.
- During treatment, patients will remain in the care of their primary physicians, who will be kept informed of the plan of care provided through our program.
- Additionally, we coordinate referrals to specialists in vascular, plastic, bariatric surgery, general surgery and infectious disease.
This comprehensive, patient-focused approach recently earned the Brookhaven Wound Care Center the Center of Distinction award for the fourth time. We have also been awarded the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence Award two times. These awards were bestowed by Healogics based on meeting or exceeding clinical key performance indicators for a minimum of 12 consecutive months in these areas: Healing Outcomes, Outlier Rate, Days to Heal and Patient Satisfaction.
We can help heal your wound. To make an appointment with a wound care specialist, call 631-687-4190.
Monday through Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What are the most common reasons a wound doesn't heal?
There are usually many factors involved, with the most common including: infection/inflammation, recurring trauma associated with incomplete pressure off-loading, malnutrition, inadequate blood supply, an underlying debilitating chronic medical disease such as diabetes and inadequate medical care.
How does a doctor determine if a patient's wound needs specialized care?
Patient who have an open wound and do not appear to be progressing in a timely fashion, especially if they have been diagnosed with diabetes or have poor circulation, should obtain a prompt evaluation at a comprehensive wound care center. Often the wounds fail to mount an adequate response to infection and inflammation.
What's the most important advice for a nonhealing wound?
Poor health choices may negatively impact healing outcomes. Cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and noncompliance with recommended daily care have all been implicated in poor healing outcomes. Recognizing and correcting these poor health choices is an integral part of successful wound care therapy.
How do I get a consultation from the Wound Care Center?
You may call the Wound Care Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment directly, call 631-687-4190.
Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?
No. In fact, the Wound Care Center prefers to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We even keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you will be receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you will continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?
Many health plans cover Wound Care Center treatments. Call us to determine what your specific plan covers.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The first appointment consists of:
- An assessment by our skilled wound care team.
- A review of your medical history.
- Blood tests.
- Recommendations for your treatment plan.
Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications and dosage, and a list of your allergies. For the first visit, you should expect to spend several hours at the Center.