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Portsmouth Regional Hospital
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Wound Healing

Comprehensive Care for Complex, Non-Healing Wounds

The Wound Care Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital gives you access to comprehensive wound care services, including inpatient and outpatient wound healing, wound management, prevention and education. Our advanced technology includes hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which stimulates wound healing and the growth of healthy tissues without the need for surgery.

You'll benefit from the combined expertise of highly trained physicians, nurses and specialists from a variety of disciplines. We also partner with Healogics, a leader in evidence-based clinical wound healing care affiliated with more than 500 hospitals nationwide.

Our integrative approach to wound care promotes faster recovery, less hospitalization, prevention of prolonged or permanent disability and a high healing rate for complicated wounds. With an exceptional success rate of over 90 percent for those who complete the program, Portsmouth has provided life-changing care to over 5,000 patients.

Conditions Requiring Wound Healing Care

While most wounds heal quickly on their own, some types of wounds require additional treatment. The Wound Care Center defines a chronic, non-healing wound as one that does not heal or, at least, improve significantly within four weeks.

We treat a wide range of chronic, recurrent, non-healing and acute wounds stemming from:

  • Vascular disease
  • Diabetes or other metabolic disorders
  • Bone or soft tissue infection (venous or arterial)
  • Crush injuries
  • Complex medical and surgical conditions
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Radiation injury
  • Immunosuppression
  • Thermal burns
  • Malnutrition
  • Arterial disease

Patient-Centered Wound Treatment

If you're dealing with a non-healing wound, our dedicated wound care team will work with you and your physician to evaluate your condition and create a customized plan of treatment, while communicating and coordinating each step in the process.

For most patients, treatment involves weekly visits for 2 to 2.5 months. During each visit the patient works with the same team members, building a warm and caring relationship that greatly enhances the healing process and encourages completion of the program.

Treatment approaches may include vascular surgery, radiology, skin grafting, infection control, compression therapy, protective devices and hyperbaric medicine supported by pharmacy, nutrition and rehabilitation services and home healthcare and social services. Our highly trained nurses provide education about wound care, nutrition, exercise and prevention. We also stress communication and follow-up with your primary care physician to prevent future chronic wounds.

Our intensive, specialized diabetic foot care program includes education, testing and prevention to detect concerns early, promote healing and maintain long-term foot and leg health. Learn more about diabetes care at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.