Jennifer Wilder on Wound Care

Why is a specialized wound care center necessary to Wayne County? — Cindy, Goldsboro

There is a growing incidence of severe-grade diabetic wounds in our region. Obesity is a major contributor to type 2 diabetes and, sadly, North Carolina ranks among the worst states in the country for obesity.

We believe that a hospital-based center of excellence in advanced wound care maintains the best quality patient care while limiting capital expenditures.

Providing superior, advanced wound healing care and management through a specialized facility better serves our community’s needs. The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Wayne UNC Health Care has consistently achieved high treatment success rates that result in the dramatic increase in patient quality of life and significant cost savings to our healthcare system.

What exactly is a nonhealing wound and how is it treated? — Joseph, Johnston

If a wound has failed to heal after 30 days, it is considered a non-healing wound. The treatment can vary from the application of special wound healing agents to surgical intervention that facilitates healing.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Wayne UNC Health Care offers the benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is considered an advanced technique in wound healing. The hyperbaric chamber provides 100 percent oxygen to the wound in a pressurized environment. Often a primary treatment, HBOT improves circulation and encourages new tissue growth, which helps speed recovery.

Jennifer Wilder is program director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Wayne UNC Health Care.  A Goldsboro native and second-generation medical professional, Jennifer has an MBA with a concentration in health care management from East Carolina University.