Advanced treatment offers hope to patients with hard-to-heal wounds
Online PR News – 31-July-2012 – NJ – Brick, NJ - In the United States, chronic wounds affect more than 8 million patients. Local residents now have access to advanced treatment options at Ocean Medical Center, which has opened the Center for Wound Healing.
The Center for Wound Healing is located within Ocean Medical Center, at 425 Jack Martin Boulevard in Brick. It offers highly specialized wound care methodologies and treatments of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions. Wounds which do not heal in more than 30 days often have underlying medical conditions and experts predict an increase in chronic wounds as rates of diabetes and vascular disease, combined with an aging population, increase the need.
Likely candidates for treatment at the new center are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers from varicose veins, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
“Severe wounds can be debilitating, painful, and impair quality of life,” says Scott Cluley, M.D., a vascular surgeon and medical director of the Center for Wound Healing at Ocean Medical Center. “Our multi- disciplinary approach to wound care increases the accessibility of services to patients and enables our team to partner with other experts in the field to provide national best practices in evidence based protocols.”
Treatments at the Center include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. Patients may also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and multi-center studies. As a second phase to service offerings, the Center will provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy starting in August 2012.
Individuals should consider visiting the Center for Wound Healing if:
• They have had a sore that won’t heal for more than 30 days (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
• They have a sore with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor, or a change in color
• They have a surgical wound that has become infected.
Prior to treatment, a team of doctors and nurses will evaluate the wound and review the patient’s health and medical history. A specialized treatment plan is then developed based on each patient’s needs and challenges.
The Center for Wound Healing at Ocean Medical Center is managed by Healogics™, which has a nationwide network of researchers and specialists and manages more than 500 wound care centers nationwide.
For more information on the Center for Wound Healing at Ocean Medical Center please call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.
About Ocean Medical Center
Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Ocean County, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state’s first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-DOCTORS or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country. The Healogics network manages more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in more than 10 percent of the hospitals in the nation. The company provides hospitals with the innovation, resources and talent to provide more patients with affordable access to life-saving wound care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Manager, Public Relations