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RWJUH opens Center for Wound Healing in New Brunswick

Monday April 1, 2013
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The Center for Wound Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., opened March 14 with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.

The center provides a multidisciplinary panel that uses advanced technologies and treatments for the care and management of chronic, non-healing wounds.

Healthcare professionals at the center offer specialty dressings that promote healing and limit the potential for infection, individualized treatment plans, case management for complex patients, inpatient consultation services and bioengineered tissue alternatives.

Patients also will have access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which enhances the bodyís natural healing and strengthens the immune system, promoting more rapid healing for patients. "Weíre excited to bring this new program to our patients," said Hesham Ahmed, MD, co-medical director of the center. "Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital treats some of the most complex cases in our region, including chronic wounds which may result from other complications. Now, our patients who are diagnosed with chronic wounds can benefit from seamless, expert care as they continue their treatment at our outpatient center."

According to a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study, 6.5 million people are affected by chronic wounds and an estimated $25 billion is spent annually on treating chronic wounds on patients in the U.S.

Chronic wounds can be associated with diabetes, clogging of the arteries, vein diseases, neurological problems, rheumatologic illnesses, inflammation of blood vessels and other medical issues. •

@Editor's note/to comment:LEARN MORE about the center online at RWJUH.edu/Wound-Care.