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Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Opening at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
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Saint Joseph’s Medical Center

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers announced today the opening of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, an outpatient facility offering a comprehensive approach for patients with non-healing wounds.

The center’s patients are examined by a multidisciplinary staff trained in wound care and evaluated for all possible physical conditions, such as diabetes, that could interfere with proper healing. The care team follows evidence-based clinical pathways to determine why wounds are not healing and then develops individual treatment plans, utilizing the most effective technologies available to provide maximum healing and relief.

“Between five and seven million Americans experience at least one form of a non-healing wound annually and the incidence of these wounds is increasing by approximately 10 percent each year,” said Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Co-Medical Director James Jen, M.D. “Many of these individuals suffer from wounds that refuse to heal despite conventional treatment. These wounds seldom involve a simple answer.”

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center provides a comprehensive approach to treating patients with non-healing wounds. The highly-skilled team features physicians, nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). HBO promotes healing by increasing the level of oxygen in the tissue and improving the healing efficiency of the white blood cells. Therapy is administered in a hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen with increased atmospheric pressure, stimulating the entire body’s natural healing responses. Patients undergoing therapy have complete privacy in comfortable, individual chambers equipped with televisions and headphones for patient entertainment.

Especially beneficial for diabetic patients with nonhealing ulcers, as well as those with arterial ulcers and other types of wounds that fail to respond to conservative therapy, HBO is also a treatment for conditions without open wounds, such as radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, osteomyelitis and idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

“The addition of a wound healing facility to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center benefits numerous patients in the community suffering with complications from diabetes or other types of non-healing wounds,” said Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Co-Medical Director James DeMeo, DPM. “Our goal is to return patients to their daily lives as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Patients who are prescribed HBO typically require treatment five days a week for two-hour sessions. Each session requires 10 to 15 minutes to reach the necessary atmospheric pressure before a 90-minute treatment and then another 10 to 15 minutes to return to normal atmospheric pressure.

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 127 South Broadway in Yonkers. For more information about wound care or to schedule an appointment, call (914) 378-7900. Information is also available at www.saintjosephs.org.



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