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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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