Sentara Wound Healing Center Opens at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of the Sentara Wound Healing Center. The center is an outpatient clinic to care for patients with slow and non-healing wounds and is located on the first floor of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Specialized hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be offered in addition to traditional wound care.
General Surgeon, Dr. Christopher Rogers of Sentara Surgery Specialists in Elizabeth City, oversees the center as Medical Director, providing an advanced level of expertise to the care of the center’s patients. “By engaging a surgeon with working expertise in the management of wounds and incisions to lead and direct the center, we are letting our patients know that their care and quality of life are important to us,” said Dr. Rogers. General surgeons are closely involved in the care and management of slow and non-healing wounds. In addition to Dr. Rogers, the center’s patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary staff trained in wound care.
The care team follows evidence-based clinical pathways to determine why wounds are not healing and then develops individual treatment plans, utilizing the most effective technologies available to provide maximum healing and relief. Patients are evaluated for all possible physical conditions, such as diabetes, that could interfere with proper healing. “The community will now benefit from newly localized access to a specialized wound healing team, equipment and proven processes and will no longer have to travel outside of the area for this service,” said Dr. Rogers.
The Sentara Wound Healing Center provides a comprehensive approach to treating patients with non-healing wounds. In addition to traditional wound care treatments, eligible patients in northeastern North Carolina can also access hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) locally. HBO promotes healing by increasing the level of oxygen in the tissue and improving the healing efficiency of the white blood cells. Therapy is administered in a hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen with increased atmospheric pressure, stimulating the entire body’s natural healing responses. Patients undergoing therapy have complete privacy in comfortable, individual chambers equipped with televisions for patient entertainment.
Especially beneficial for diabetic patients with non-healing ulcers, as well as those with arterial ulcers and other types of wounds that fail to respond to conservative therapy, HBO is also a treatment for conditions without open wounds, such as soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, osteomyelitis and idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.
Patients who are prescribed HBO typically require treatment five days a week for two-hour sessions. Each session requires 10 to 15 minutes to reach the necessary atmospheric pressure before a 90-minute treatment and then another 10 to 15 minutes to return to normal atmospheric pressure.
Beginning January 30, 2018, the Sentara Wound Healing Center at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about wound care or to schedule an appointment, call 252-384-2830.