By JEFF MEYERS
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A new department at CVPH Medical Center will offer expanded wound-care services for outpatients battling chronic wounds that have been hard to heal.
The CVPH Wound Care Center, located in Suite 102 at the CVPH Health Plaza near Hannaford, will open to patients beginning Wednesday, May 1.
An open house is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, to provide residents with an opportunity to tour the new facility, including its impressive hyperbaric-oxygen therapy equipment that can help promote healing in certain kinds of wounds.
“It causes the body to hold onto more oxygen, helping wounds heal from the inside out,” said Tristina Haley, a registered nurse for the Wound Care Center.
Patients lie on their backs in a clear capsule during the treatment, which can last for up to two hours, Haley explained. The equipment is not used for all patients but can be very effective for those who will benefit, she added.
Fewer than 20 percent of the patients will need hyperbaric treatments, Haley noted.
Patients will be referred to the Wound Care Center by their primary-care doctors, and a plan will be established for proper treatment of wounds that have had a difficult time healing.
“There is a great need for wound care in the community,” said registered nurse Dana Welch, who will be on duty with Haley and hyperbaric technician Stacey Wood from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. “We’re hoping this will be a huge success for patients who have had trouble with wound care.”
The staff will also include one per diem nurse as needed, and doctors will be assigned coverage at the facility as well.
Patients receiving inpatient wound care during their stay at the Medical Center will also be referred to the Wound Care Center upon discharge, program director Penny Pitts said.
“The success of a wound clinic is that everyone is focused on the wound, on healing the wound as rapidly as possible,” said Dr. Craig Nachbauer, a vascular surgeon and medical director for the Wound Care Center.
“I treat a lot of wounds at my office, but there are a lot more options available for wound care (at the center),” he added.
Along with Nachbauer, area doctors William Pace, Julio Lemos, Deborah Lang and Bijoy Sarmaroy will serve as panel physicians for the center.
Nachbauer praised the hospital’s efforts to bring wound-care treatment to the area through the Healogics Network, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound-care services.
Healogics also has centers in Saranac Lake, Ogdensburg and Glens Falls.
Along with the hyperbaric-oxygen therapy, the center will also provide negative-pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
The service will benefit patients with diabetes, neuropathic and ischemic ulcers, venous insufficiency, traumatic or surgical wounds, vasculitis, burns and other skin irritations.
The facility has four treatment rooms, including facilities specially designed for bariatric patients. The staff has recently completed specialized training for outpatient wound-care services.
More than 8 million people in the United States suffer from chronic wounds that have been impeded from healing by such conditions as diabetes, obesity, aging and the effects of radiation therapy.
Email Jeff Meyers:email@example.comOPEN HOUSE The CVPH Wound Care Center will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, at 85 Plaza Blvd., Suite 102 in the CVPH Health Plaza near Hannaford. The open house is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-3290.