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Wound Care

Pottstown Hospital Wound Care Center®

Pottstown Hospital Wound Care Center, managed by Healogics, Inc., provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, 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.

How a Wound Center Can Help

With 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 center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, and other areas to address total patient health.

Chronic Wounds: A Growing Problem

It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.

Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. There are 30.3 million people (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes in the United States (US) and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way.

Treatment with Results

At the Pottstown Hopital Wound Care Center, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

Through a partnership with Healogics, we are able to offer a comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for nearly 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Of special importance to Pottstown Hopital Wound Care Center, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 93 percent healing rate (when recommended course of treatment completed (2016)) within 28 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.

A Comprehensive Team of Wound Care Specialists

Pottstown Hospital Wound Care Center is designed to complement your physicians' services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

What to Expect from the First Appointment

Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to a our center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

What Will Treatment be Like?

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.

It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.

The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing.

Preparing for Your Treatments

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

If You Are Sick or on Medication

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please inform the staff at the center before your treatments begin.

Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

Pottstown Hospital Wound Care Center Welcomes You

We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy.

Pottstown Hospital Wound Care Center
1600 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: 610-327-7575
Fax: 610-970-3138

About Healogics, Inc.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.