116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 16701
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The Wound Clinic

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814-362-8245

116 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, PA 16701
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The Causes of Chronic Wounds

The Wound Clinic at Bradford Regional Medical Center focuses on the evaluation and treatment of chronic wounds below the knee. Wounds, in otherwise healthy individuals, usually heal uneventfully on their own. In patients with chronic, non-healing wounds, there is frequently an underlying health problem preventing the wound from healing in a natural fashion.

Common Medical Conditions

Some of the more common medical conditions in these individuals are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Peripheral arterial and venous disease
  • Emphysema
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Unhealthy lifestyle conditions such as excess body weight, poor dietary habits, and cigarette smoking

The above conditions may exist alone or in combination with one or more other conditions, further complicating the picture. In addition, ongoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and chronic steroid usage may further compromise the wound healing process.

Benefits of Wound Treatment at the Wound Clinic

The clinic's goal is to offer the highest level of wound care and overall patient service. The team strives to improve the patient's health, life style and quality of life. Several interventions can relieve the patient's pain and prevent recurrences of chronic wounds through patient education and proper care of wound's below the knee.

Treatment

As part of a patient's treatment, they may undergo laboratory tests, x-rays or other diagnostic tests to help develop a comprehensive and individualized course of treatment. Once the wound is healed, a follow-up plan is also instituted to reduce the risks of recurrence. The treatment philosophy is not only to heal the wound but to also produce a healthier patient who is able to return to a productive lifestyle.

 Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at OGH

The Clinic offers specialized testing at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Olean General Hospital- such as transcutaneous oxygen monitoring (tcp02). The tcpO2 monitor measures the oxygen in the tissues immediately adjacent to the wound and helps the physicians understand if the wound has an adequate oxygen supply for healing to occur. If the oxygen levels are inadequate, the patient may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen treatment or require further workup to test for arterial blockage. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is also available through our partner, Olean General Hospital. To learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy visit Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at OGH

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