|10231 Old Ocean City Blvd., Suite 104
Berlin, MD 21811
8:30 am -- 5 pm, Monday - Thursday; 8:30 am -- 4:30 pm, Friday
At any given time, almost six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Many are associated with complications from diabetes and vascular disorders. Non-healing wounds also occur in pressure sores and traumatic wounds. Atlantic General's Wound Care Center uses the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and remains current in the latest scientific advances in wound care.
The Wound Care Center is a hospital-based outpatient program that works in conjunction with your primary care physician to provide specialized treatment for problem wounds. We also offer the complementary services provided by the Diabetes Outpatient Education Program, which teaches those with diabetes how to care for their skin to prevent, or quickly identify, a potential wound complication.
Patients can be referred by their primary physicians or schedule appointments directly if a referral is not required for insurance purposes. To find out how to schedule an appointment, call 410-62-WOUND (629-6863).
When Should I Consider Using the Wound Care Center?
If you have a sore or wound that is not significantly better in a month, or healed entirely in two months, you should ask your doctor about Atlantic General's Wound Care Center.
An Experienced Team
Patients referred to our Wound Care Center program benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach. Integrating a team of wound care professionals increases the level of care, improves patients compliance and clinical outcomes.
Wound Care Center Staff
Sidney Barnes, MD
Medical Director Wound Care
Barnes received his medical education at New York University School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship and his residency at the Graduate Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American Board of Surgeons.
Craig Haueisen, D.P.M.
Thuan Dang, M.D.
General and vascular surgery
Janet Waldman, PA-C
We Specialize in Healing Chronic Wounds
If you're suffering from a non-healing wound, you're not alone. Every year, chronic wounds, caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions, keeps millions of Americans just like you from doing things they love to do. The Wound Care Center can help you get your life back. Our unique multidisciplinary team of dedicated doctors and nurses treat more of these wounds than anyone else. Many patients find wounds that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment can be treated. It's all we do. In fact, for most patients, the Wound Care Center leaves them completely healed in just a few months.
Who Needs Wound Care?
There are a variety of circumstances in which a person may need wound care. They include, but are not limited to:
• Ulcers (pressure, diabetic, neuropathic or ischemic)
• Surgical wounds
• Peristomal skin irritations
• Soft tissue radionecrosis
• Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
• Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
• Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
• Traumatic wounds
Your First Visit
When you come in, our staff will evaluate your wound and general health. They'll review your medical, wound and medication history. A blood test may be involved. You may also need special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound area.
Your Healing Program
When your test results are in, we'll put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to the Wound Care Center to evaluate progress and make any changes that might be needed. You (or your care-giver) will be given detailed instructions in home care, nutrition, dressing (bandage) changes and protecting the wound from further injury.
You're a Vital Part of the Program
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. At any time you or your family members have questions, our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions.
How We Work With Your Doctor
The Wound Care Center works with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you'll need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical care.
The Team Approach Treatment of Non-Healing Wounds
A variety of treatment options are available depending on type and severity of a wound. Treatment may include the following:
• Infectious disease management
• Physical therapy
• Vascular evaluation
• Laboratory evaluation
• Nutritional management
• Pain management
• Diabetic education
• Nuclear medicine
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Many health plans, including Medicare, cover specialized wound care. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. As an added convenience, Atlantic General Hospital and Health System -- including the Wound Care Center -- now accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware health plans. Be sure to bring your insurance cards with you when you visit the Wound Care Center.
For more information about the Wound Care Center, please call 410-629-6863.
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Wound Care Center of Excellence Award:
Atlantic General Hospital’s Wound Care Center has been named a Center of Excellence by Healogics (formerly Diversified Clinical Services), after receiving their 4th Center of Distinction Award for delivering outstanding results for twelve consecutive months in 2011. Atlantic General delivered healing outcomes far above the Healogics national benchmarks. The healing rate at Atlantic General’s Wound Care Center for 2011 was 97 percent, compared to the national benchmark of 91 percent. Atlantic General's median days to heal was 27 days, compared to the national benchmark of 30 days to heal. Consequently, their patient satisfaction score is 95 percent, three points above the national benchmark set forth by Healogics. This is the third year in a row since 2009 that Atlantic General’s Wound Care Center has been named a national Center of Excellence.
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