As PPMC continues to undergo refreshing renovations, so too does Penn Medicine University City. Slated to open in October 2017, PMUC’s newly updated, state-of-the-art Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is designed to better serve patients with acute or chronic wounds and infections.
The new center will allow patients to easily access a wide range of full-body wound care services and therapies, as well as a multidisciplinary team of vascular, dermatological, podiatric, emergency medicine, and plastic surgery specialists under one roof. Rather than visiting medical and surgical teams at multiple locations, patients will now experience a more streamlined process, individualized treatment programs, and easy access to additional PMUC services. The 3,000-square-foot space will also feature six spacious exam rooms to ensure patients and caregivers are as comfortable as possible.
One of the most exciting updates is the addition of two monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers. While sitting in the hyperbaric chambers, patients will breathe 100 percent oxygen at an elevated ambient pressure – breathing nearly 20 times the amount of oxygen we normally inhale – which will increase the amount of oxygen traveling through the bloodstream to damaged organs and tissue. Whether the patient has diabetic extremity wounds, injuries caused by radiation therapy, compromised skin grafts, or other non-healing wounds, the surge in oxygen will promote accelerated healing and fight infection.
“The collaboration between PMUC and emergency medicine has made it possible to integrate hyperbaric oxygen therapy into an additional Penn location, which allows us to more effectively serve a broader community across our campuses,” said Ryan Dougherty, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of the Wound Care Center. “By adding hyperbaric oxygen chambers and a range of new therapies that treat wounds on all parts of the body, our new, advanced facility will help us maximize the healing of our patients.”