Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC is a Center of Distinction, recognized nationally by Diversified Clinical Services. This national recognition is based on our excellent clinical outcomes, commitment to the best practices in wound care and very high patient satisfaction.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine provides comprehensive outpatient wound care for chronic and non-healing wounds with a wound heal rate that is now consistently over 95%. Nurses treating the patients are also wound care certified. Dr. Richard Basile, Medical Director,is board certified in wound care.
For patients in need of Wound Care services in South Berkshire, Berkshire Health Systems has also provided the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Fairview Hospital.
Berkshire Medical Center has collaborated with area physicians to help patients who are struggling with problem chronic wounds. Hyperbaric Medicine, or the use of pressurized oxygen, is now available to help heal troublesome wounds often caused by diabetes, circulatory disorders and other conditions. The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is located on 66 Wahconah Street and has two state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
"In our community, we see a growing number of patients who suffer from chronic wounds," said Dr. Basile. "A vast majority of these patients suffer from diabetes and face a high rate of amputation and long hospital stays. Our collaboration focuses on finding more effective ways to care for these patients."
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while enclosed in a clear, specialized chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. While breathing pure oxygen, blood becomes super-saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissues. The ultimate result is that the body's natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently. Continued, intermittent use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the body's immune function and healing response.
"Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been a beneficial treatment option for patients suffering from non-healing wounds for many years," said Dr. Basile. "This type of treatment has been used for nearly 40-years, and results in several specific biological actions that enhance wound healing processes. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will provide clinical wound care combined with hyperbaric medicine, if necessary, and represents the highest level of care for patients with problem wounds. In addition, the staff will provide patients and caregivers with valuable educational tools, and will work closely with them to ensure the most successful outcomes."
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center has been named a Center of the Year for numerous years. Healogics is the largest wound care company in the United States, managing over 600 centers. According to Healogics, the BMC Center was chosen as 2014 Center of the Year in recognition of it's heal rates, days to heal, medical leadership, and overall clinical accomplishments.
The BMC Center has a 94% average heal rate in 28-median days to heal, compared to an average heal rate of 88% and 31-median days to heal at Diversified's other centers across the US. In addition, over the past 5 years, the Wound Center at BMC has successfully treated over 6,000 with their advanced technology and their supportive and well-trained and supportive staff.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC provides a comprehensive wound care program, and actively works with the patient's referring physician. "The Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy component of our program works in concert with other clinical treatments for non-healing wounds," said Dr. Basile. "In addition, it's important that we maintain an ongoing relationship with the patient's physician. As part of our process, we will be updating the referring physician regularly on the patient's progress."
Other services include bioengineered skin grafting and negative pressure wound therapy.
Berkshire Medical Center
66 Wahconah St.
Pittsfield , MA 01201