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DCMH Opens Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

Homayoon Pasdar, M.D.

In Brief

  • DCMH recently opened the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.
  • Nearly 7 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds associated with conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and autoimmune disease.
  • DCMH’s comprehensive program includes evaluation and treatment of chronic wounds. 
  • Common conditions that can be treated at a specialized wound center include diabetic wounds (usually on the legs and/or feet), pressure ulcers, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic wounds, carbon monoxide poisoning, arterial insufficiency, venous stasis ulcers, vasculitis and non-healing surgical wounds. 
  • DCMH’s services include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, debridement, the use of topical agents to promote quicker healing, and nutrition recommendations.
  •  The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine’s multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, podiatrists, nurses and associated healthcare professionals.

It is estimated that nearly 7 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds associated with conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and autoimmune disease.

Delaware County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. This comprehensive center is staffed by a team of specialists whose primary goal is to heal painful chronic wounds and return patients to their normal lives. They do this by conducting a thorough evaluation and implementing an aggressive treatment plan to heal wounds quickly and completely. Education is also an important plan component.

“It’s our job to figure out why a wound is not healing, and to provide the best therapy available to treat a wound, prevent infection and prevent it from recurring,” says Homayoon Pasdar, M.D., medical director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at DCMH.

Crozer-Keystone now has two centers dedicated to caring for this segment of the patient population – the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Crozer-Chester Medical Center opened in 2007 and is located in Crozer’s North Campus building.

Like Crozer’s center, DCMH offers all the latest therapies to treat chronic wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) — conveniently located in its own suite adjacent to the Center. HBOT is a non-invasive treatment where the patient lies on a comfortable mattress and breathes 100 percent oxygen in a special pressurized chamber. Pure oxygen, once in the body’s tissues and organs, speeds up the healing process.

Therapies that the Center offers include debridement — which is the surgical removal of dead or infected tissue to allow healthy tissue to heal — and various topical agents to promote quicker healing. In addition, nutrition recommendations are an important part of wound care.

While most people think of wounds as superficial cuts that heal and possibly leave a scar as a reminder, the person who requires a wound specialist experiences something completely different.

Some common conditions that can be treated at a specialized wound center include diabetic wounds (usually on the legs and/or feet), pressure ulcers, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic wounds, carbon monoxide poisoning, and non-healing surgical wounds.

Venous stasis ulcers, vasculitis and arterial insufficiency are other common conditions that cause non-healing wounds. “All of these conditions deal with poor circulation,” Pasdar says. “Venous stasis ulcers occur when there is poor drainage of blood or lymph from the neck. Vasculitis is a disease of the blood vessels where they become inflamed. All of these conditions can occur anywhere in the body, but they are most commonly found in the lower extremities — the legs and feet.

“Most patients with these types of chronic wounds have multiple medical problems, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and poor nutrition. Many also are not mobile, which contributes to the formation of ulcers,” Pasdar continues. “It is our responsibility to figure out what medical problems exist so that we can treat the wound by creating an environment for it to heal and prevent infection. By just talking and listening to a patient, you will get close enough to the underlying problem so that you can formulate the best plan of care.”

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine’s multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, podiatrists, nurses and associated healthcare professionals. The Center is conveniently located in Suite 208 of the Medical Office Building at DCMH. Call (610) 394-4770 for an appointment, or visit http://dcmhwoundcare.crozer.org to find more information or submit an online appointment request.

Crozer’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine can be reached at (610) 619-8400. Information is available at http://crozerwoundcare.crozer.org.

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