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Wound Care

CVPH offers chronic wound care management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In both environments, we utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to wound healing and provide complete treatment services to those suffering from chronic wound issues.

CVPH Wound Center (Outpatient Services)
Conditions Leading to Wound Issues

Who is on the team?
Your first visit
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Following your first visit
Contact the Wound Center
Inpatient Wound Care
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Contact the Inpatient Wound Care Team

The CVPH Wound Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds. Non-healing wounds can lead to lower quality of life and potentially to amputations. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem and requires a specialized approach.

That's where our Wound Center can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The CVPH Wound Center uses a multi-faceted approach to address total patient health. On average, patients visiting our Wound Center are healed within 36 days of their first visit.

Conditions Leading to Chronic Wound Issues

A patient suffering from a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may benefit from treatment at the CVPH Wound Center. Some conditions and indications for wound therapy include but are not limited to:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

A comprehensive team of wound care specialists

The CVPH Wound Center is designed to complement your physicians' services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

What to expect from the first appointment

Patients may self-refer or are referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. The initial visit consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) helps the body’s wound healing mechanisms function more efficiently. Oxygen plays a large role in the body’s healing functions. While enclosed in a comfortable chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen which saturates their blood plasma. This allows the blood to carry 15-20 times more healing oxygen to the body’s tissues, leading to faster, more efficient healing.

Following your first visit

Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for treatment and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing

You may benefit from the specialized care and services provided by CVPH's Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Team. We have undergone advanced training and are Board Certified specialists.

We can provide you with the most up-to-date information, education and therapy regarding:

  • Ostomy (colostomy, urostomy, ileostomy)
  • Draining wounds
  • Fistulas/tubes
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Incontinence

When you need a helping hand, we're here for you.

Contact the CVPH Wound Center
(Outpatient Services)

89 Plaza Boulevard, Suite 102
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Contact CVPH Inpatient Wound Services
75 Beekman Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Direct line: 518-562-7939
CVPH switchboard: 518-561-2000