News | Published June 16, 2010

Mount Nittany Center for Wound Care Offers Fastest Healing Time in Region

Studies show that an estimated five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds each year caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions. The Mount Nittany Center for Wound Care focuses on a comprehensive approach to provide the fastest healing time in the region – nearly one week faster than the average industry healing time, which is about four to six weeks.

The Center’s integrated treatment program includes vascular assessments, cultures for infection, antibiotic management, debridement, nutrition support, topical wound care, orthotics and patient education. This approach has proven to help patients get back to their regular lives faster because it reduces the time it takes to heal problem wounds.

The Center also employs the area’s most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which rapidly accelerates the healing process and is prescribed for approximately 12 percent of problem wounds. HBOT is the only treatment option of its magnitude in Centre County.

Problem wounds affect people for a variety of reasons, but are largely due to aging, diabetes and obesity. Arthrosclerosis, vascular disease, peripheral artery disease, late effects of radiation, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, bone infections and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are other common sources of problem wounds.

Patients can either be self-referred or can obtain a referral from their primary care physician. The Center works collaboratively with patients’ family physicians and provides progress reports every 4-6 weeks. For more information, call 814.231.7868.