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Treating Wounds That Won’t Heal

Friday, October 11, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital Wound Care Center

Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Receives Prestigious Designation

Did you know that skin wounds pose a major threat to public health and the economy? It is estimated that an excess of $25 billion is spent annually on treatment of chronic wounds and the burden is growing rapidly due to rising health care costs, an aging population and a sharp rise in the incidence of diabetes and obesity worldwide . With about 6.5 million people suffering chronic wounds in the United States, the need for high quality wound care services is increasing. Many wounds do not respond to more routine, conservative treatments, putting progressive wound care programs like Danbury Hospital's in great demand.

The Importance Of Wound Care Accreditation

That makes the recent accreditation of The Danbury Hospital Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) a significant milestone for Danbury Hospital. The Center was recently designated as one of only four facilities in Connecticut accredited by UHMS. Based on a rigorous review process, the UHMS awarded the accreditation of the hospital's clinical hyperbaric facility for the demonstration of its commitment to patient care and facility safety.

The accreditation brings many benefits to the hospital, including ongoing education and training for staff. Continuous improvement, combined with a contemporary standardized approach to wound treatment, improves the patient experience, leads to better patient outcomes, and can also save related care costs by avoiding hospital admissions. "It was clear from our review of Danbury Hospital that their team is fully invested in caring for their patients and that they meet or exceed our demanding standards for quality of care and patient safety," said UHMS's Director, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, Tom Workman.

David Charash, DO, the medical director at the Danbury Hospital Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine shared, "We continue to look for innovative ways to improve our quality and safety. Our team strives to not only improve the patient's health, but also their lifestyle and quality of life. The UHMS accreditation review is comprehensive and provides us with unique learning opportunities so we are always improving how we care for our patients."

A Happy Wound Care Patient And Optimal Wound Care Outcome

Patient Lars Anderson is one patient who believes the level of service and treatment he received at the hospital's Wound Center changed the outcome for his wounded foot. Anderson, a longtime diabetic, was faced with the possible loss of his foot due to infection. After several months of suffering with a nagging wound that would not heal, he was referred to hyperbaric chamber treatment at Danbury Hospital's Wound Care Center. Inside a hyperbaric chamber, oxygen-rich blood can reach the affected tissue, to facilitate the healing process.

"It was a very unnerving time for me," Anderson acknowledged. "I wasn't sure how my wound would heal, and of course I was concerned about regaining the use of my foot."

Anderson"s time in the hyperbaric chamber paid off: his wound did heal, and he is up and about. He says the overall experience was a pleasant one, given the circumstances. "The Wound Care Center teams are very welcoming. They even knew my name, which put me at ease," he said gratefully. "It turned out to be the very best option for me, and for my foot."

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

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