The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baystate Medical Center is the only comprehensive program of its kind in New England. The program is a progressive treatment center for a specialized variety of acute and chronic illnesses. A multidisciplinary program, it combines hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy with other innovative treatments in wound and ostomy care. This team of medical, surgical, trauma, infectious disease and wound care specialists is unparalleled in our region.
Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy is frequently chosen as a treatment method for the unique healing capabilities of pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure (2.0 -3.0 Atmosphere Absolute, or ATA). In comparison to topical applications of oxygen at levels only slightly higher than sea level, HBO therapy involves the systemic delivery of oxgyen at much greater pressures (two to three times greater than normal atmospheric pressure). Under these conditions, the effects of oxygen are increased.
Baystate's Wound Care Program draws on the expertise and resources of the following skilled specialists:
Reginald Alouidor, MD, Director, Wound Care, Trauma Services
Richard Brown, MD, Infectious Diseases
Patrick Lee, MD, Trauma Services
Armando Paez, MD, Infectious Diseases / Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
David Refermat, MD, Plastic Surgery
Sherry Ferro, MS, FNP, CWOCN
The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art monoplace hyperbaric chambers that can accommodate patients who require critical care support.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baystate provides the regional community with a centralized source for total care that has been unavailable in the past. Wounds and injuries are assessed and treated through a team approach that includes Baystate's wound care and hyperbaric specialists and patients' primary care physicians. A consultation and case management service is available on a 24-hour basis.
In a managed care environment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy decreases other costs associated with hospitalization, surgery and treatments for problem wounds. The proactive approach to care offered through this program can often provide remedies to otherwise difficult problems.
Critically injured patients enter through Baystate's Level I Trauma Center that includes heliport facilities for air transport of patients.
Hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday Through Friday. However, we also operate on an emergency on-call basis 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Patients can be referred to our program through a physician referral by calling 413-794-8640 or 1-800-377-HEALTH outside the area. Emergencies can be referred to the physician on call.