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Wound and Hyperbaric Center Recognized for Healing Wounds and Changing Lives

April 19, 2010

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Wound and Hyperbaric Center Recognized for Healing Wounds and Changing Lives

Hudson, Florida (April 19, 2010) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction award, which was given to the hospital's Wound and Hyperbaric Center in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results, and outstanding clinical outcomes over the past twelve months.  This prestigious honor was awarded by the Center's partner in wound healing, Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), the nation's leading wound care management company.

For twelve consecutive months, the Wound and Hyperbaric Center has achieved success in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds and in providing excellent care. Regional Medical Center Wound and Hyperbaric Center has distinguished itself in the following statistics:

  • Healing percentages. While the national average is 79.5% Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center achieves a 95% healing rate.
  • Median days to heal. While the national average is 47.4 days, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point achieved an average of 24 days to heal.
  • Patient satisfaction scores. The national average is 91.5% patient satisfaction. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point enjoys a 98.1% patient satisfaction rate.
  • Outliers (those whose stay is longer than 14 weeks). The national average for outliers is 32.4%. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point experiences only 14% of its patients as outliers.

The Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Wound and Hyperbaric Center chose to partner with DCS to ensure quality in providing specialized treatments to the Nature Coast. In the communities around this area many are suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds – a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes and other diseases—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.

Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life. Almost 24 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Of those with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds.
The Center generally admits these wound patients immediately, working with referring physicians to determine the most effective course of treatment. This outpatient comprehensive service offers advanced healing therapies often unavailable in primary care offices. These services use an interdisciplinary approach to treatment involving a variety of therapies and techniques, including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.  When wounds persist and resist conventional treatment, a specialized approach is required for healing.

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