An estimated 8 million Americans experience chronic wounds, which are wounds that have not responded to medical care within 30 days. Chronic wounds can be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility. The Wound Care Centers at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park offer the most advanced treatment for chronic wounds, including the only hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers in Montgomery County. HBO therapy is used to treat:
- Radiation cystitis
- Diabetic wounds
- Foot wounds
- Bone infections
- Certain skin infections
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Gas gangrene
- Compromised skin grafts
- Air or gas embolism
Depending on each individual, wound care experts will help decide whether HBO therapy or another treatment is appropriate. “Our centers are made up of multidisciplinary care teams including internists, podiatrists and endocrinologists, as well as vascular and plastic surgeons,” says Rafael Mazuz, program director of the Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Washington Adventist Hospital. “This diverse team allows patients to go to one location to receive care despite the type of wound they have.” The wound care team assesses factors that may affect the body’s ability to heal, such as medical conditions, nutrition and medications. Experts then develop comprehensive care plans, which include monitoring wounds, providing patient education and communicating with referring physicians. “Untreated wounds can lead to infections, amputations or even death,” says Paul Wielebinski, M.D., medical director of the center at Washington Adventist Hospital and a primary care physician with Adventist Medical Group. “It is important to seek medical attention for any nonhealing wounds in order to avoid these serious complications.”
Rehabilitation’s Role in Healing
Occasionally, complications from wounds require rehabilitation. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, which is part of the Adventist HealthCare system, provides comprehensive rehabilitation to patients, including those who have had amputations due to chronic wounds. Therapists and physicians work with these patients so that they can return to their daily activities. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the only hospital in a five-state region that is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International in all four specialty areas: amputation, brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. Visit www.adventistrehab.com to learn more about the amputation rehabilitation program at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland.
Need Care for a Chronic Wound?
To schedule an appointment with a Wound Care Center expert, call the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Wound Care Center at 240-826-6106 or the Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Washington Adventist Hospital at 301-891-5908.