Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

If you're suffering from a nonhealing wound, you're not alone. Every year, chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, or other conditions, keep 3 to 5 million Americans just like you from doing the things they love to do. The Wound Care Center at Jefferson Hospital can help. Our comprehensive approach to wound management utilizes the latest clinical tools and traditional clinical practices. Your individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, prescription growth factors, bio-engineered skin grafting, edema management and non-invasive vascular assessment.

Do you need the Wound Care Center?

If you have a sore or wound that hasn't started to get significantly better in a month, or hasn't healed entirely in two months, you should ask your doctor about the Wound Care Center. Our team of doctors and nurses are dedicated to treating wounds, including many that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment. Most of the Wound Care Center patients are completely healed in just a few months.

Who may benefit from our specialized care

A patient with a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies at the Wound Care Center. Some of the indications for wound therapy include:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Burns
  • Peristomal skin irritations
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

Advanced, evidence-based wound management

The Wound Care Center at Jefferson Hospital offers patients access to state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine. We specialize in advanced wound care, using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies, and support services to treat chronic wounds. Our physician-driven, multi-disciplinary approach to outpatient wound care has a superior success rate in facilitating the healing process.

The growing need for wound care

Each year, there are 1.1 million to 1.8 million new cases and approximately 8 million Americans suffering from chronic wounds. Compelling statistics include:

  • 23.6 million Americans – 8 percent of the population – have diabetes
  • 23.1 percent of people over 60 have diabetes
  • 15 percent of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds
  • Patients with diabetes have a 10-fold increase in the risk of amputation – approximately 70,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year.1
  • More than 2 million Americans suffer from venous ulcers.2
  • Acute care pressure ulcer prevalence averages 14 percent.3

While these numbers show the tremendous need for wound care, there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and shortened hospital stays.

Our locations:

Wound Care Center: South Hills Medical Building

575 Coal Valley Road
Suite 207
Clairton, PA 15025
(412) 469-7676

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center: Bethel Park Campus

1000 Higbee Dr.
Suite 101
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 854-7171

1. Meltzner, MS, ARNP; Pels, DMP; Payne, MD; Mannari, PA-C; Ochs, RN; Forbes-Kearns, MS, RN; Robson, MD. Decreasing Amputation Rates in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus, An Outcome Study. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 2002, Vol 92.
2. Kerstein MD; Gahtan V. Outcomes of Venous Ulcer Care: Results of a Longitudinal Study. Ostomy Wound Management. 2000; 46(6): 22-29.
3. Whittington, Kathy T., MS, RN, CWCN; Briones, Robin, BBA. National Prevalence and Incidence Study: Six-Year Sequential Acute Care Data. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. Nov/Dec 2004, Vol 17.