A minor cut or scratch poses little problem for most of us. However, for the 5 million Americans who lack the ability to heal properly due to poor blood circulation from diabetes, paralysis, or other problems, a simple sore or cut can result in serious infections, gangrene and even amputation. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that some 85,000 non-traumatic amputations are performed each year – over half of these amputations are from wounds due to diabetes alone.
At Nanticoke’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, a specially-trained team is available to manage all types of wounds as early and efficiently as possible. The center is part of a network of facilities across the country that specialize in the comprehensive treatment of chronic sores and wounds. Team members work to create a holistic plan of care and rapid intervention to control wound infection, which helps achieve positive outcomes and more success in wound healing.
Luis Barcena, MD, recently joined the physician team at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Dr. Barcena graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Case Medical Center and fellowship in Infectious Disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2013. Having a specialist in Infectious Diseases available in the Wound Center on a weekly basis has already proven to a valuable service to the many patients with skin breakdown complicated by infections.
Khalil F. Gorgui, MD, serves as Medical Director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Dr. Gorgui, an Internal Medicine physician who specializes in hyperbaric and wound management, brings with him broad experience in wound care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and internal medicine. Dr. Gorgui is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been a senior member of the medical staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital since 1995. He is credentialed in wound care by the American Board of Wound Healing, having successfully completed their extensive educational and experiential requirements, along with the rigorous certification examination.
Nanticoke Health Services was the first facility in Delaware to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy and remains the only site in Sussex County to offer this treatment. Advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered by Medicare and most commercial insurances, and offers hope for healing to those in our community who have had problem wounds for many years.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also supports the healing of tissue or body organs damaged by radiation therapy. This treatment modality is often the only effective option for improving quality of life for those suffering from late effects of radiation therapy.
To learn more, visit www.nanticoke.org/woundcare or call the center at 302-628-8322.