Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

  • Hand and Feet - From Buttoning to Toe-tapping, they're the 'Every Day' Tools

  • Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife�

  • Winthrop Celebrates Survivors

  • Healthy KIDS Takes the Show on the Road

  • Precious Purls Project Knits Memories for New Moms & Babies

  • Volunteer Louise Mazzaro Saluted for 33,500 Hours of Service

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Golfers Raise More than $400,000 Under Sunny Skies at Winthrop�s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

  • 10th Annual Opera Night Hits a High Note

  • First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK

  • Sleep Disorders Center Achieves Fourth Reaccreditation

  • Travel Smart: Visit Winthrop's Travel Center

  • Miracle Foundation Makes Second Grant of $50,000

  • Research at Winthrop Addresses Vioxx Heart Attack Risk

  • Accolades for Winthrop

  • New Smoke-Free Campus Policy

  • Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

  • Annual Swim-a-Thon Makes a Splash for Pediatrics

  • New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

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  • Winthrop celebrates the dedication of its new Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Cutting the ribbon are (l.-r.) John DaVanzo, Trustee, Village of Mineola; Scott Gorenstein, MD, Clinical Director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Program; Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop; Rochelle Battino, Administrative Director of the Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program; John Collins, Winthrop's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer; Lewis E. Williams, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center; and Daniel Abbruzzese, Vice President for Facilities Management at Winthrop.
    Non-healing wounds can occur for many reasons, from poor circulation and diabetic neuropathy to complications following surgery and even ill-fitting footwear.

    Winthrop-University Hospital now offers a comprehensive Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program to provide patients with expert and specialized treatment of persistent wounds. Through the compassionate care, advanced technology and multidisciplinary approach that have become Winthrop's hallmark, the wound healing team is putting even the toughest wounds on the road to recovery.

    "Our mission is the healing of all wounds referred to us," said Lewis E. Williams, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center. "In our evaluation and management of the patient, we take into account any adverse aspect that could interfere with the wound healing process. By utilizing the extensive resources of our Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program, we can offer tremendous healing potential for our patients."

    Recent scientific advances in wound healing have produced a greater array of treatment options, and armed with new technologies, medical professionals are now able to heal wounds that a decade ago could not be healed.

    The individual hyperbaric oxygen therapy units at Winthrop.

    The Wound Healing Center at Winthrop employs a team approach, drawing upon the expertise of vascular surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, podiatrists, infectious disease specialists and internists, as well as nurses, medical assistants, diabetologists and orthotists.

    "In conceptualizing and creating the new wound care program, our goal was to assemble all of the knowledge, resources and technology available to deliver the highest standards of wound care," said Rochelle Battino, Administrative Director of the Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program. "Our vision of becoming a regional center at the forefront of cuttingedge wound care has become a reality."

    In extreme cases of wounds that are resistant to healing, Winthrop's Wound Healing Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) through a new, state-of-theart Hyperbaric Medicine Program. Hyperbaric therapy has proven to be an extremely useful tool in the treatment of non-healing wounds, and has helped many patients to avoid amputations that at one time would have been considered inevitable.

    "Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions," said Scott Gorenstein, MD, Clinical Director of Winthrop's Hyperbaric Medicine Program. "Most commonly hyperbaric oxygen is used to help wound healing in patients with diabetic wounds, however here at Winthrop we also look forward to treating patients with a variety of other conditions, such as side effects from radiation therapy."

    Winthrop's Hyperbaric Medicine Program is unique in that it uses the most current technology in a setting that takes the patients' physical and psychological comfort into account. The units are constructed of clear materials, which reduce discomfort in patients who experience confinement anxiety, and are equipped with individual flat-screen televisions, and access to the Hyperbaric Center's extensive library of movies.

    Each hyperbaric unit at Winthrop is outfitted with a profile screen identical to the one monitored by the technician, which allows the patient to watch his or her progress throughout the treatment. In addition, the hyperbaric chambers are climate controlled for patient comfort, with two-way communication with the technician or doctor. The chambers at Winthrop are the largest individual-size units available today, able to accommodate individuals weighing up to 700 pounds.

    During HBOT treatment, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber. Inhaling the pure oxygen allows greater amounts of oxygen (up to five times more than normal) to be absorbed into the bloodstream and then carried to the tissue that needs improved healing. The consistent delivery of pure oxygen to the affected site(s) encourages the growth of new blood vessels within the wound and eliminates certain elements that may have hampered previous treatments, while improving the body's response to infection.

    For additional information about the Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Winthrop, please call (516) 663-8498.

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