Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds by a wound care specialist, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.
That’s where our Wound Care Services and wound care specialists can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn.
The advanced treatments available at the wound care services center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
The wound care services center is designed to complement and work in conjunction with the services offered by the patients’ primary care physicians. It operates by appointment.
William F. Polito MD, FACS who joined the CHH medical staff in 1985, is the Medical Director of Wound Care Services and the center, focusing his inpatient and outpatient practices on the management of acute and chronic wounds. Dr. Polito is a graduate of The University of Connecticut Medical School, and completed his Internship and Surgical Residency at The University of Maryland Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and by the American Board of Surgery.
The Center will be managed by CHH and Diversified Services, a Joint Commission certified wound care management company that manages over 325 programs nationwide. Many factors have led to the need for the program, including an aging population, higher rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases, as well as the rise in obesity rates.
William F. Polito MD, FACS is joined by Asma Qamar, MD Infectious Disease, Darren Winkler, DPM FACFAS and Dennis D’Onofrio, DPM FACFAS to manage all wound conditions.
The Wound Care Services Center is managed by CHH and Healogics, a Joint Commission certified wound care management company that manages over 560 programs nationwide. The Center was recognized as a “Center for Excellence” by the partner company in 2013 for their outstanding clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. Of the 120 Wound Care Centers that received this award, our center was the only center to receive this award in Connecticut.
Are you a candidate for specialized wound care?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, speak ask your physician about a referral to our Wound Care Center, or contact us directly for an assessment by a wound care specialist. If you are a candidate for this outpatient program, the Wound Care Center will immediately work with you and your doctor to deliver the following:
• Advanced therapies
• Proven clinical protocols
• An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs
• Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your treatment
• Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene, and more
• Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress
Wound Care Center Partnership with the Healogics™ Network
Through a partnership with Healogics, CHH is able to offer a new and comprehensive wound care services center offering specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 560 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities. Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 90% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How get a consultation from the Wound Care Center?
You may call the Wound Care Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment directly, call (860) 489-0418.
What Causes Non-Healing Wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as “bed sores”). An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don’t heal for many different reasons.
Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?
No. In fact, the Wound Care Center and wound care specialists prefers to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We even keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?
Many health plans cover outpatient Wound Care Center treatments. Call wound care services to determine what your specific plan covers.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The first wound care services appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications, and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend a little over an hour at the Center.