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Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

From the Director:
Felix A. Pesa, MD

The Wound Care Center of St. Elizabeth Health Center was established in 1999 and has provided specialized treatment for chronic or nonhealing wounds, a serious disorder that can lead to amputation limbs and an impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, nonhealing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly population and in patients with diabetes and other diseases. The Center offers the most comprehensive, advanced healing therapies often unavailable in physicians' offices.  In 2004, the Center was one of only 25 across the country to be recognized with an award for exceptional healing outcomes, The Mentor Center Status.  To quality for this award, a Wound Care Center must have successful outcomes greater than or equal to 88.7% and a patient satisfaction score at or above 93%. The Center reported an average of 28 days to healing, less than the national average of 35 days. 

In 2005, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy was introduced at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the systemic delivery of oxygen to patients placed in a chamber at two to three times atmospheric pressure while breathing 100 percent oxygen for periods of time between 90 to 120 minutes. This procedure uses oxygen under pressure to assist in healing wounds, such as diabetic wounds, venous stasis ulcers, skin grafts, crush injuries, failing grafts, and necrotizing soft tissue infections. The oxygen stimulates and supports wound healing and can combat clinical infection.

The Center is outfitted with two hyperbaric chambers, capable of providing tissue oxygen levels greater than 11 times normal. HBO2 therapy is a relatively safe, non-invasive therapy. The chamber allows freedom of movement while special systems reduce noise levels within the chamber. Communication between patient and clinician via the intercom is possible.  Patients may watch television, listen to the radio, or converse with the staff. Relaxation techniques are also available in cases of confinement anxiety.

In 2010, the Wound Care Center was recognized with the Center of Distinction by Diversified Clinical Services award, based on the Center's high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results, and outstanding clinical outcomes over the past year.

Rashid A. Abdu, MD
John Barrett, DPM
Brian S. Gruber, MD
Jason R. Delatore, MD
Venkata S. Kollipara, MD
Felix A. Pesa, MD, Director

All surgeons may admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and correct or treat various condition, illnesses, and injuries of the surgical anatomy. The minimum number of procedures must be performed in a 2-year period to comply with appointment and reappointment criteria.