For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks, but for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem requiring specialized care. The staff at the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center offer hope to patients whose wounds have been maintained for many years without healing. The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center specializes in the treatment of problem wounds, a growing issue spurred by the aging of America. The center's wound services offer relief from all chronic, non-healing wounds including ulcers, pressure sores, trauma wounds, burns, surgical wounds and diabetes-related wounds.
The center includes two hyperbaric chambers to better and more quickly assist injuries in healing. The program is devoted to healing problem wounds, and helping patients to reclaim their quality of life. The majority of patients who are treated do not require hyperbaric oxygen therapy; however, those who do receive the treatment, have high healing rates because the process delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.
The diabetes services of the center are designed to help individuals with diabetes develop and practice the self-management skills that will improve their health status and quality of life and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. Services include education/counseling support for adults and children with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes as well as treatment of diabetes- related wounds. Combinations of individual and group sessions are utilized to instruct patients on proper care, diet and healthy lifestyles. A registered dietitian and diabetes nurse educators help patients meet their specific needs including meal planning, medication dosing/scheduling and glucose monitoring.
The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center is located in the ground floor of Bellefonte Centre on the campus of OLBH. For more information, contact the center by calling (606) 833-4043 or email the OLBH CareLine.