June 14, 2008

Hospital Provides Advanced Wound and Vascular Care

By Renatta Signorini, The Leader-Times, Kittanning, Pa.

Jun. 14--EAST FRANKLIN -- A recently opened center at ACMH Hospital will provide advanced wound and vascular care with the help of two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, said Jeff Lasko, director of outpatient rehabilitation services.

Patients with blood-flow and wound problems will benefit from the new technology and expanded center, he said.

An open house will be Monday at the Elmer and Annabelle Snyder Institute for Vascular Health and Research. The center opened in May and it's a big expansion and improvement over the hospital's previous wound care facilities, Lasko said.

The center is a combination of advanced wound care, the oxygen chambers, vascular services and medical research.

The center features more exam rooms for various treatments, as compared to four or five for strictly wound care in the previous facilities, Lasko said.

The new center will serve patients with any type of wound or skin care problem, he said, and patients with arterial or vascular ailments, such as poor circulation.

Patients with skin ulcers or infections, radiation injuries and failed skin flaps or grafts are examples of those who could be treated at the center, Lasko said.

"There's a lot of people out there with vascular problems," he said.

The two hyperbaric oxygen chambers are for one person at a time, Lasko said, and are see-through to lessen the effects of claustrophobia. Flat-screen televisions are mounted next to the chambers to provide patients with entertainment while they receive treatment for two hours, five days a week for 30 visits, he said.

The chambers are the largest single-person chambers on the market, Lasko said. Patients receiving treatment in one of the chambers breathe 100 percent oxygen to increase the oxygen delivery to body tissue, promoting healing.

For vascular services, Lasko said the center will add testing and a specialized surgeon to its offerings.

The advanced treatment available at the center for vascular ailments and wounds will promote limb salvage, Lasko said.

"You're trying to do anything you can do to prevent amputations," he said.

Renatta Signorini can be reached at [email protected] or 724-543-1303, ext. 219.


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