Local residents suffering from pain associated with chronic wounds that will not heal will no longer have to travel long distances to find care.
Bassett Medical Center recently opened a center for wound healing in Hartwick Seminary to help those dealing with ailments such as diabetes, bone infractions and foot or leg ulcers.
According to a Basset media release, in the region served by the Bassett Healthcare Network, an estimated 15,185 people have diabetes. More than 4,700 people suffer with non-healing wounds, many of them are diabetics. Statewide, it’s estimated 237,779 people with diabetes will develop diabetic wounds.
The specialists at Bassett’s Center for Wound Healing are trained in the use of advanced dressings and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help patients heal more quickly and get back to living life the way they want, according to the release.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while laying inside a treatment chamber. The increase in oxygen in the blood encourages the creation of blood vessels and increases the production of collagen, the body’s natural “scaffolding.” Both are necessary for wound healing. This process also activates the white blood cells to fight infection. HBO can be the primary treatment or may be used in combination with other treatments.
“The reasons why a wound won’t heal vary patient to patient,” Dr. Eric Mooney, medical director of the Center for Wound Healing, said in the release. “It’s critically important to develop a treatment plan customized for the individual patient, and that’s what our team does, while focusing on a whole body approach.”
That includes, nutritional assessment and counseling, diabetic education, patient and caregiver counseling and referrals for beds, seat cushions and footwear necessary for pressure relief.
The Bassett Healthcare Network Center for Wound Healing is in Bassett’s Hartwick Seminary Specialty Services on State Route 28, about four miles south of Cooperstown. For more information, call 547-6900 or visit www.bassett.org.