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Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at 623 Main Street, Olean, NY 14760 - inside the Dialysis/Health Services building and focuses on the treatment and evaluation of chronic, problematic and non-healing wounds using the latest generation of wound healing technology under the direction of specially trained wound care physicians. The facility utilizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers as part of the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. For an appointment, please call 716-375-7577.
In March 2016, the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Olean General Hospital (OGH) received a special four year accreditation with distinction for its hyperbaric oxygen services from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). OGH is the only hospital in Western New York and one of only about 24 percent of facilities nationally to earn accreditation with distinction. In addition, OGH is only one of two centers in Western New York accredited as a Level 1 site, meaning the center treats acute and chronic conditions 24/7, 365 days per year.
The UHMS clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program recognizes clinical hyperbaric facilities that demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety.
Arthur Goldstein, M.D.
Pierre Dionne, M.D.
The Causes of Chronic Wounds
The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine focuses on the evaluation and treatment of chronic wounds. Wounds, in otherwise healthy individuals, usually heal uneventfully on their own. In patients with chronic, non-healing wounds, there is frequently an underlying health problem preventing the wound from healing in a natural fashion.
Common Medical Conditions
Some of the more common medical conditions in these individuals are:
- high blood pressure
- peripheral arterial and venous disease
- unhealthy lifestyle conditions such as excess body weight, poor dietary habits, and cigarette smoking
The above conditions may exist alone or in combination with one or more other conditions, further complicating the picture. In addition, ongoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and chronic steroid usage may further compromise the wound healing process.
Benefits of Wound Treatment at the Center
The center's goal is to offer the highest level of wound care and overall patient service. The team strives to improve the patient’s health, life style and quality of life. Several programs can relieve the patient’s pain and prevent recurrences of chronic wounds through patient education and proper care.
Advanced level of care. Patients of the Center benefit from an advanced level of care provided by a staff trained and specializing in the latest products and treatment methods available for the treatment of chronic wounds.
Individuality. We identify and treat each of the factors contributing to the chronic wound and coordinate our treatment efforts with the referring physician.
Comprehensive approach. The goal of the Center is to employ a comprehensive approach to the evaluation of the chronic wound patient, and not simply to the wound itself. Therefore, it is import that the patient closely follows the physician’s instructions with respect to wound care, underlying health problems and life style changes.
As part of a patient's treatment, they may undergo laboratory tests, x-rays or other diagnostic tests to help develop a comprehensive and individualized course of treatment. Once the wound is healed, a follow-up plan is also instituted to reduce the risks of recurrence. The treatment philosophy is not only to heal the wound but to also produce a healthier patient who is able to return to a productive lifestyle.
The Center offers specialized testing such as transcutaneous oxygen monitoring (tcp02). The tcpO2 monitor measures the oxygen in the tissues immediately adjacent to the wound and helps the physicians understand if the wound has an adequate oxygen supply for healing to occur. If the oxygen levels are inadequate, the patient may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen treatment or require further workup to test for arterial blockage.
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