A surprising number of people require advanced wound care at some point in their lives. In fact, at least 15% of patients with diabetes experience a chronic, nonhealing wound, while nondiabetics may experience a nonhealing wound because of poor circulation, radiation therapy, trauma or other causes. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center can help.
Our conveniently located Center features skilled specialists who incorporate a comprehensive treatment approach for a variety of wounds including:
- Chronic, nonhealing wounds.
- Diabetic foot or leg ulcers.
- Venous leg ulcers.
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores).
- Gangrene – ischemic wounds (poor/no blood supply).
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps.
- Crush injuries.
- Refractory osteomyelitis (recurrent bone infection).
- Radionecrosis (tissue damage due to radiation therapy).
- Ostomy-related skin problems and wounds.
- Brown recluse spider bites.
Are you a candidate for specialized wound care?
If you suffer from a chronic or nonhealing wound, speak with your primary care physician about a referral to our Wound Care Center or contact us directly at 631-687-4190 for an assessment. If you are a candidate for this ouptatient program, the Wound Care Center will immediately work with you and your doctor to deliver:
- Advanced therapies.
- Proven clinical protocols.
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs.
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including nurse case managers who will oversee every aspect of your treatment.
- Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and more.
- Ongong communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress.
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.