Message from the Director

Daniel S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Daniel S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Medical Director

Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Francis
500 Blue Hills Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06112
Phone: (860) 714-3010
Fax: (860) 714-8594

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Dear Colleague: 

  

Of the many challenges we face in our careers in healthcare, the one we abhor the most is when, despite our best efforts, a patient does not respond to conventional treatment. This is especially true in the practice of wound care.  Approximately five million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. These include diabetic foot ulcers, arterial and venous ulcers, bedsores, traumatic wounds, and non-healing surgical wounds.  Moreover, with our aging population and the ever-increasing prevalence of obesity, the problem is growing. 

  

At the Center for Advance Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine we employ a multidisciplinary approach to wound management. Using the most advanced and up-to-date wound care techniques and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) when indicated, we strive for, and are achieving, healing rates that are at national benchmark levels.  However, we could do better.  Even though HBOT is not indicated for every patient who presents with a chronic wound, we feel there are many under your care that might benefit and for whom HBOT was simply not considered or even thought of. In fact, hyperbaric medicine has yet to be included in the basic core curriculum of most medical schools   

In order to better educate you, our medical colleagues, and to have hyperbarics in your mindset as a treatment option, we offer this hyperbaric primer for healthcare deliverers. In it you will find the essentials, from basic definitions, indications, contraindications, possible complications and side effects, to logistics of what your patients can expect, do’s and don’ts, insurance considerations and answers to frequently asked questions.  

The Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is an outpatient facility located at the North Campus on Blue Hills Ave. where we have three single-patient (monoplace) hyperbaric chambers as well as multiple treatment areas for patient evaluation and wound care management. In addition, our inpatient wound care team is at the main campus six days a week to see hospitalized patients for a variety of wound care treatments as well as skin breakdown prevention. Once identified as appropriate for outpatient follow up, referral to the wound center is simple.  

At the time of the writing of this letter, we are also excited to announce that an inpatient hyperbaric program is in the making at St. Francis. The chamber is already in place, located between the MICU and the SICU, and we expect to have it open and running for selected inpatients in the early Fall. Such patients can begin their HBOT treatments there and continue them as outpatients, if indicated, in our facility at the North Campus. 

We hope you enjoy reading this primer and that you come away knowing that HBOT is real science with real clinical application based on extensive data and established clinical evidence.  If you have any questions about HBOT, wound care, or you would like to discuss a patient that you think is a candidate for our program, please call us at 860-714-3000. Better yet, come and visit the Center for a personal tour and to meet the staff.  

 We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your patients to improve the outcomes for which we all strive. 

Yours truly, 

Daniel S. Schwartz, MD, FACS

Medical Director

 

Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine