May 02, 2012
Kingwood Medical Center Opens The Center for Wound Care
The Center for Wound Care, a department of Kingwood Medical Center, located at 1330 Kingwood Drive, Suite 200, Kingwood, Texas 77339, opened with a community celebration on April 18, 2012. The Center for Wound Care works to improve the quality of life for all patients by aggressively managing wounds to ensure they heal quickly and completely.
Working in conjunction with referring physicians as partners to determine a complete set of wound care protocols to address each patient’s needs, The center provides an outpatient care plan for all patients with dedicated and specialized attention, enabling them to return to a full life free from the pain of chronic wounds. An experienced team, cutting-edge treatments and evidence-based clinical protocols provide superior healing outcomes for difficult to heal wounds.
"More than 6 million people in the United States suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, vascular disorders, traumatic injuries, pressure sores, surgeries and other conditions that slow down the body’s healing process," said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center. "At The Center for Wound Care, our highly skilled team of wound care physicians, nurses and other medical professionals works with each patient to develop an individualized plan of care."
Operating under the Medical Directorship of Brad Pontani, MD, FAAFP, ABPM/UHM, The Center works with patients to manage the healing process, ensuring patient compliance and enabling a consistent plan of care. Some of the treatments include: Negative pressure wound therapy; FDA approved skin substitutes (Apligraf/Dermagraft);Local debridement; and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)as adjunctive therapy.
HBOT allows a patient to breathe 100% oxygen 2-3 times greater than the atmospheric pressure and is administered on a daily basis. The result is an increase of 10-15 times in plasma oxygen concentration. By forcing more oxygen into the tissue, HBOT encourages the formation of new blood vessels. As these new blood vessels develop, the red blood cells start to flow, delivering even more oxygen to the affected area. This creates optimal environment for the body’s natural healing processes to repair damaged tissue.
During HBOT, patients relax in special chambers and therapy is monitored by expertly trained technicians that work in collaboration with physicians. The pressurized environment helps reduce swelling and discomfort, while providing the body with at least 10 times its normal supply of oxygen to help repair damaged tissue.
For more information about services at Kingwood Medical Center, visit www.kingwoodmedical.com
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