Wound Healing Center
Alexian Wound Health Centers are staffed with a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses with expertise in comprehensive wound management. Our program is designed to offer high quality care to patients suffering from wounds that have not responded to traditional treatment.
Alexian Wound Healing Center Receives National Award
Alexian Wound Healing Centers have been recognized as a leading provider of state-of-the-art care for chronic wounds with the Front Runner Award from National Healing Corporation (NHC), a leader in disease management accounting for more than 30 percent of the nation's managed and outsourced wound healing centers.
The Wound Healing Center was honored for maximizing its resources to meet the growing need of its community. Mary Pat Lyons, RN, CWS, CNC, Executive Director, accepted the award at the company's recent awards ceremony.
Alexian Wound Healing Centers specialize in treatment for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that have not healed within 30 days. Other services include disease management and diabetes care. Chronic wounds often affect the health of the elderly and people living with vascular disease and diabetes.
One of the highly specialized treatments offered at the center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure to increase the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and promote healing from the inside out. In addition to tissue oxygenation, the Wound Healing Center also employs the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.
New Center Offers Advanced Treatment for Patients with Slow-healing Wounds
Alexian Brothers Health System has opened wound care center, that offer state-of-the-art treatment for diabetics with foot ulcers and for other patients with slow-healing wounds. Alexian Wound Healing Centers use evidence-based algorithms, or proven, step-by-step procedures, modified as necessary to fit the unique needs of each patient. Located in the Niehoff Pavilion on the campus of Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill., the center also features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers that promotes wound healing by enriching the blood with oxygen unleashing the healing power of the red blood cells.
The center's staff includes:
- Four nurses who are certified wound specialists
- two hyperbaric oxygen technicians
- and eleven physicians, including three general surgeons, four podiatrists, a plastic surgeon, two infectious disease specialists an internal medicine and a physiatrist.
The Satellite Wound Center is located in Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The center offers a comprehensive wound care treatment plan and coordinates hyperbaric oxygen treatments with the main wound center.
The entire staff has attended wound-care and hyperbaric-treatment training at Ohio State University. The Satellite Wound Centre is located in Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza in Hoffman Estates.The centre offers comprehensive wound care treatment plans and coordinates hyperbaric oxygen treatments with the main wound centre.
Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common wounds treated at the wound center followed by venous stasis ulcers. Venous stasis ulcers typically appear in the lower legs caused by venous insufficiency, venous hypertension, varicose veins and lymphedema, says Mary Pat Lyons RN CWS CNC Executive Director.
The center, which opened May 2005, treats all patients on an outpatient basis, coordinating their care closely with their primary-care physician, inpatient wound nurses at ABMC and St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and home-care nurses.
"Our goal is to have continuity of care," says Lyons, a certified wound specialist and clinical nurse consultant.
With the addition of a physiatrist to the center's staff this fall, the center also will be coordinating patient care with Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital in Elk Grove Village.
Although doctors often refer patients to the center, patients can also self refer. When patients visit the center for the first time, patients are given thorough exams including history/physical, review of medications and vascular studies and TCOM monitoring. They undergo blood-flow tests, including an EKG-like screening procedure known as transcutaneous oxygen monitoring. If a patient has a circulation problem that is causing inadequate blood flow to a wound, the center informs the patient's primary-care physician and asks the physician to refer the patient to a vascular specialist to correct the problem.
Wounds require adequate circulation to be able to heal.
Once circulation problems have been addressed, patients can begin receiving wound care regularly at the center. This care includes topical treatment and dressing of the wound, in accordance with the evidence-based algorithms, and can be combined with daily hyperbaric treatment for weeks at a time. Patients breathe 100 percent oxygen in the hyperbaric chambers, alternating with regular room air at defined intervals. The treatment enriches the blood with oxygen, unleashing the healing power of red blood cells.
Although exposing wounds to 100 percent oxygen under pressure inside the hyperbaric chamber also has healing benefits, our focus isn't necessarily the outside of the wound, We want to get the oxygen into the blood. We want to give a good oxygen base for the topical medications. Patients who have struggled with wounds for months or years often see dramatic improvement through the combination of topical and hyperbaric treatment.
After a couple of weeks of treatment, patients are smiling, They're happy. Finally, they are getting good closure, good healing!