Limb preservation in hyperbaric medicine and wound healing

Limb preservation in hyperbaric medicine and wound healing

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Dr. Wainwright and hyperbaric chamber
Sandra Wainwright, MD

Chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other medical conditions can put some patients at risk for hospitalization, and possibly, amputation.

Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing offers advanced wound care technology and therapies, including two hyperbaric chambers that use pressurized oxygen to help wounds heal faster.

Patients are cared for by a dedicated medical team skilled in the latest evidence-based methods to treat chronic wounds that have not responded to conventional treatment.

The World Health Organization and International Diabetes Foundation estimate that up to 85% of amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer and 85% of diabetic lower extremity amputations are preventable. With these targets in mind, Greenwich Hospital created a Limb Preservation Collaborative, led by Sandra Wainwright, MD, medical director of the center.

“Limb preservation requires an interdisciplinary approach that involves a patient’s entire care team,” said Dr. Wainwright. Specialists in cardiovascular care, podiatry, orthopedics, internal medicine, diabetes education, wound care, infectious diseases, plastic surgery and endocrinology all play a role in limb preservation.

“Our goal is to mobilize a team of services so that patients receive the care they need to get them on a path to health.”

Dr. Wainwright also speaks highly of her team’s focus on individualized patient care. “I enjoy working in a community hospital setting, where I have the ability to really get to know my patients,” she said.

Norman Barasch, recent patient of The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing, said he would give the team an “A+++ rating” for the wonderful care he received while undergoing weeks of treatment for a persistent wound on his ankle that is now completely healed. “I actually enjoyed going to my appointments,” he said. “The doctors, nurses and staff are wonderful people.”

For referrals and appointments with The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing, call 203-863-4505.