BRISTOL – Bristol Hospital broke ground on April 24 with its new Wound Care Center. The freestanding two-story building will be built on the north side of the main hospital building just adjacent to the Bradley Street employee parking area.
The 5,561-square-foot pre-fabricated structure will house the Bristol Hospital Wound Care Center on the first floor and administrative space on the second floor. The Wound Care Center will occupy about 2,600-square-feet of the building, and will include three hyperbaric chambers and numerous treatment rooms. The hyperbaric chambers can accommodate a bariatric patient and have a fully integrated entertainment system.
Wound care professionals specialize in the treatment of patients with chronic and non-healing wounds, and include physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as podiatrists, surgeons and physical therapists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wounds.
“In addition to having hyperbaric therapy available to our patients, we now have placed the various components of wound and lymphedema expertise under one roof,” said Cathy Milne APRN, CWOCN-AP, a board-certified wound nurse practitioner who oversees the hospital’s current wound care program.
Lymphedema is a physical therapy treatment that was introduced into the United States in the mid-1970s. The treatment is based on applying pressure in a set of specific hand motions directly onto the patient’s swollen lymph nodes and thereby reducing congestion of the fluid thereby bringing relief to the patient.
Milne said that the science of wound care has advanced greatly and that experts have a greater understanding of how wounds heal and what prevents them from healing. Newer, more cost-effective technologies and therapies can often heal a wound faster and prevent amputations in patients who have diabetes.
“Besides hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients in our center can obtain a comprehensive assessment. If additional testing is required, the center is adjacent to the hospital so that it’s not an inconvenience for the patient who requires these services,” Milne said. “The application of artificial skin and other advanced therapies also is available. We also are proud to have a certified lymphedema therapist available because lymphedema can hinder wound healing. Many patients can avoid costly therapies for wound care and actually prevent wounds from occurring by having this lymphedema therapy”.