Wound Care

When Should You Seek Wound Care?

If you or a loved one has a history of non-healing wounds, or has a wound that has not been healing properly for longer than a few days, you may need a wound care expert to help the healing process.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Arterial/Ischemic Ulcers and Wounds

Atypical Inflammatory/Vasculitic Wounds and Insufficiency

Burns

Bites

Compromised Flaps (i.e. Breast reconstruction)

Diabetic ulcers

Gangrene

Neuropathic ulcers

Osteoradionecrosis (commonly in the jaw)

Osteomyelitis Refractory

Peristomal skin irritations

Pressure ulcers

Progressive necrotizing infections

Radiation Soft-tissue injuries

Surgical wounds

Traumatic wounds

Vasculitis

Venous Stasis Ulcers Injuries and Complications

Other chronic, non-healing wounds

Our team provides expert care in healing chronic and acute wounds, traumatic injuries, preserving limbs and preventing wound recurrence. We develop personalized treatment plans designed by our highly-specialized, multidisciplinary team of wound care experts, including board certified general, plastic, podiatric and vascular surgeons, endocrinologists, infectious disease physicians, among other clinical care specialists, to improve the outcomes of adult and pediatric patients with unresolved and complicated wounds.

We also offer contemporary treatment options, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in a safe environment and in a cost-effective manner.

Office of Patient Experience

Supporting a people-first approach, the Office of Patient Experience collaborates with the care team to ensure patients and their loved ones have a positive experience during what can often be a difficult time. Being mindful of the stress that often accompanies a hospitalization; The Office of Patient Experience proactively rounds on patients to help with questions, concerns, and special needs and collaborates with the care team to service recover when there is a service failure.

The Office of Patient Experience also educates patients and team members about patients' rights within the health care environment and explains our policies and procedures. Serving as the organization's Ombudsman, our Experience Advisors manage patient grievances and serve as the designated point of contact while concerns are investigated.

Awards and Accreditation

Most of our centers have been named Healogics Centers of Distinction, which is an award given to wound centers that have achieved a high level of performance in areas such as healing rate, the median number of days to heal, patient satisfaction, and patient outlier rate. JFK University Medical Center and Mountainside Medical Center have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care Certification, highlighting not only the high quality of its services but efforts to enhance them in years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?

Generally, your primary care physician or surgeon will refer you to our Center for specialized care. You can also make an appointment directly.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To ensure that you get the most out of your visit, please bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, as well as any allergies you are aware of. Please also bring any medical records, including x-ray films, if you have them, and your insurance forms or cards.

When should I seek treatment?

If you are concerned about a wound that may not be healing, seek out a wound care specialist as early as possible to maximize the chance of complete healing. Some things to look out for include:

  • Wounds that have not made progress in one week (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
  • Sores accompanied by increasing pain, redness, swelling, foul odor, or change in color
  • Surgical wounds that have become infected

What can I expect while I am being cared for at the Wound Care Center?

During your first office visit, we will ask you a few questions about your wound and your health in general. Our care team will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.

Our care team may also conduct tests to learn more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation, as well as to determine if there are any infections present.

Together with your primary care physician, our team will develop a treatment program based on your unique medical needs.

Does wound debridement (cleaning) hurt?

Our Wound Centers use topical or local anesthesia on a wound to minimize or eliminate discomfort or pain.

What is the course of treatment to care for my wound at home?

In an effort to increase wound healing, ask your doctor how to properly care for your wound at home, if necessary.

What should I know if I am diabetic?

When you have diabetes, it is more important than ever to examine your feet and treat foot injuries and wounds right away. A minor wound can quickly turn into a serious issue if not properly identified and cared for quickly. You can help prevent foot lesions by:

Avoiding going anywhere barefoot

Checking your feet daily, even between your toes

Washing your feet thoroughly every day

Using a moisturizer when your feet become dry

Not wearing socks, stockings or anything restricting that may prevent proper circulation

Keeping your nails trimmed and your feet clean

Only using corn or callus removers that your physician has approved or provided

Walking around to keep your feel circulated

Buying shoes with support that will protect your toes

Avoiding any extremely hot or cold extremes.

What do I need to know once my wound is healed?

Once your wound is successfully healed, it’s important that you prevent it from re-opening and for new wounds to develop by:

Avoiding friction from skin or rough surfaces, like the bed or couch

Standing and walking often

Repositioning your body every 15 minutes

Checking your skin daily

Washing your skin with warm water and mild soap

Keeping your skin moist with moisturizers

Avoiding cold temperatures

If you wear disposable briefs, change every two hours, or immediately after they are soiled

Bayshore Medical Center

735 North Beers Street, Suite 101
Holmdel, NJ

Call: 732-497-1611

Mountainside Medical Center

Old Bay Avenue, 3rd Floor
Montclair, NJ

Call: 973-873-7787

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ

Call: 732-776-4430

JFK University Medical Center

65 James Street
Edison, NJ

Call: 732-321-7022

Hackensack University Medical Center

20 Prospect Avenue, Suite 410
Hackensack, NJ

Call: 551-996-4070

Pascack Valley Medical Center

270 Old Hook Road.
Westwood, NJ

Call: 201-781-1530

Southern Ocean Medical Center

1140 Route 72 West
Manahawkin, NJ

Call: 609-978-3077

Palisades Medical Center

7600 River Road
North Bergen, NJ

Call: 201-854-5203

Raritan Bay Medical Center

530 New Brunswick Avenue.
Perth Amboy, NJ

Call: 732-324-4941

Ocean Medical Center

425 Jack Martin Blvd.
Brick, NJ

Call: 732-840-3399

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