Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Recipient of the 2012 Center of Distinction Award
Frisbie Memorial Hospital
11 Whitehall Road
Rochester, NH 03867
Fax (603) 330-7988
Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to a poorer quality of life and, if left untreated, could lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem, or chronic, wound.
That's where our Center for Wound Care can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn.
Frisbie Memorial's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is an outpatient, hospital-based program staffed by a team of medical specialists that work closely with primary care providers to coordinate a care plan for each patient. The Center now has the added expertise of the general surgeons of Rochester Surgical Associates, who are also certified in wound care management.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) work?
HBOT is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria; it is expected that 10 to 20% of the wound care cases will do so. Throughout HBOT treatments, the patients are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy is most likely beneficial to the patient.
During treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to the patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.
Are you a candidate for specialized wound care?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician about a referral to Frisbie Memorial's Center for Wound Care, or contact the Center directly for an assessment. If you are a candidate for this outpatient program, the Center will immediately work with you and your doctor to deliver the following:
- Advanced therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- 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 a case manager 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
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress
Wound Care Center Partnership with Healogics
Through a partnership with Healogics, Frisbie Memorial Hospital is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Healogics is the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing. Of special importance to our hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Care received Healogics 2012 Center of Distinction Award for meeting or surpassing eligibilty criteria in the areas of Patient Satisfaction, Excelling in Key Performance Indicators, Healing Rate and Days to Heal.
How get a consultation from the Center for Wound Care?
You may call the Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment directly, call: (603) 330-7914.
What causes non-healing wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as "bed sores"). An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don't heal for many different reasons.
Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?
No. In fact, the 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'll be receiving treatment for your wound from the Center, you'll continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?
Many health plans cover 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, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications, and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend several hours at the Center.
Is hyperbaric medicine safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.