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GREEN BAY — Chronic wounds affect 6.5 million patients in the United States, yet a study of 50 American medical schools found that students receive less than six hours of education in the science and care of wounds during their studies.
The Wound Healing Center at Bellin Health, 744 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay, will open Monday, May 24 to offer highly-specialized wound care and treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.
Likely candidates for treatment at the new center are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. Wounds that don’t heal within that time span often have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease.
Leading-edge treatments at the center will include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
The center also will offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by enclosing the patient in a chamber and exposing him or her to 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. The patient is comfortable as he or she relaxes on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell. This advanced therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out.
Wound Healing Center patients also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and multi-center studies. The Wound Healing Center also will collaborate with pathologists at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Florida to gain a rapid diagnosis and begin effective treatment of challenging cases.
Bellin’s Wound Healing Center partnered with National Healing Corporation to create the facility. The corporation has a nationwide network of researchers and specialists and accounts for more than 30 percent of the country's managed and outsourced wound healing centers.
Physicians, nurses and technicians at the Wound Healing Center receive specialized training at the National Healing Institute at Ohio State University and have the opportunity to attend research symposiums featuring noted experts.
For more information on the Wound Healing Center at Bellin Health, please call (920) 433-7550.