Healing That Works Wonders
Nancy M. Rager, RN, CLNC, WCC
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Wound Healing Center
(originally appeared in the Union County Womenís Journal)
Millions of people in the US endure the pain and debilitation of non-healing
wounds. Statistics show that 1.5 million people who are diabetic suffer from
such wounds. Another 2.5 million people have pressure ulcers, more commonly
known as bed sores.
On the basis of these statistics, it might be interpreted that non-healing
wounds are limited to older individuals or those who are strictly bedridden.
However, non-healing wounds can also be the result of surgical incisions
following procedures such as Cesarean sections, hysterectomies, or hip
At the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, located
in Elizabeth, the success rate for treatment of non-healing wounds approaches 98
percent, based on figures collected by Praxis Clinical Services, which provides
management services for the development, implementation and operation of wound
healing centers throughout the nation. In fact, Praxis Clinical Services
designated the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine
its Center of the Year in 2005.
Part of the credit for that distinction can be traced back to the more than 80
years of combined experience in wound healing found on the resumes of the
medical and nursing staff at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Center for Wound Healing &
Since 1997, the Center has aggressively treated non-healing wounds. In 2005,
more than 5,500 wound visits were logged at the Center where patients can
receive the highest level of treatment through such innovations as Vacuum
Assisted Closure (VAC), therapy that promotes wound healing by bringing the
edges of the wound together. In addition, patients can undergo "dives" in one of
three hyperbaric chambers in which an oxygen-enriched environment hastens
healing. Several other highly specialized forms of treatment are also available.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine success
stories are plentiful. An educator in the Newark school system was able to
return to her rewarding career in the classroom instead of taking an early
retirement. Another patient received treatment that allowed her to attend the
wedding of a beloved niece. Both wound treatments were accomplished in record
Services and treatments at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
have a positive impact on the lives of patients, and medical and nursing staff
members are gratified when significant results are achieved. One thing is
certain, non-healing wounds donít discriminate. They can affect anyone, at any
age. To ensure that the body can rapidly and successfully heal wounds, a diet
containing necessary vitamins and minerals and an avoidance of tobacco are two
of the best life style decisions that people can make.