Atrium’s wound care center opens next week

The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Atrium will provide specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing sores or wounds that have not significantly improved with conventional treatments, according to the hospital.

Chronic wounds affect more than 6.7 million patients in the U.S., and the incidence is rising due to an aging population and increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy, among other conditions.

The new Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Atrium, located on the first floor of the Professional Building, will offer advanced treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues, and biosynthetics. Persistent, non-healing wounds are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility.

“We follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound,” said Brian Lomax, program director of the new center. “We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care. Our state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols are designed to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal.”

Atrium will offer these specialized services through a partnership with Healogics, the world’s largest wound care management company, with nearly 800 hospital partners. For calendar year 2014, Healogics reports more than two million patient visits leading to a 91 percent healing rate within 30 median days-to-heal.

“The center uses an interdisciplinary model of care,” said Mike Jett, wound care clinical nurse manager. “This includes 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 and Hyperbaric Services at Atrium can be reached at 513-420-5700.

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