Published on April 06, 2015

Where healing begins

It’s been said that time heals all wounds.

But some wounds need more than time.

That’s when the experts at the Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald can step in.

What exactly is a chronic wound?

They are wounds that are slow to heal or don't heal at all. Things that can cause or contribute to such wounds include:

  • Pressure or radiation sores
  • Skin ulcers caused by diabetes, nerve damage or poor blood flow
  • Infection

It takes a team

Doctors, nurses and other staff members work together to provide healing care, says William Urbas, DPM, Podiatric Medical Director at the center. They create a wound care plan tailored to each patient's needs. Treatment options may include:

The removal of unhealthy tissue (debridement)

  • Special dressings and wraps
  • Skin grafts and skin substitutes
  • Measures to improve blood flow
  • Special devices that help wounds heal and close
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Education and support

“And we see the results from day one,” says Frances Garbarino, CRNP, Program Director, Advanced Wound Care Center. “We take pictures almost daily to document the healing process for our patients. It's a booster for everyone to see what progress they make!