The Creedon Wound Care Center outpatient facility that is part of Alameda Health System-Alameda Hospital, recently received the Healogics Center of Distinction Award. Creedon achieved this honor by exceeding outstanding clinical and operational results in 2018, including a patient satisfaction rate above 90 percent and a healing rate above 90 percent. Healogics is one of the national experts in wound healing.
“Receiving the award is very humbling. Our team works really hard every day. We see about 40 patients daily for chronic wounds. Our goal is to heal them as expediently as possible so that they can get back to their regular routine,” said Craig Charles, director of the Creedon Wound Care Center.
Patients who are referred to the center typically have been seen by their community provider and have a wound that has not healed within 30 days. This is seen most commonly in patients with diabetes and vascular disease who have poor circulation in their lower extremities and may be on the verge of amputation or a patient who has pressure ulcers or burn/trauma victims.
“The Wound Care Center offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care. There are several treatment options for our patients such as surgical debridement, compression wraps, total contact casts, negative pressure wound vacs, advanced cellular products, topical growth factors and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a unique treatment for wound care and Creedon is one of the few service providers in the East Bay area. The hyperbaric chamber allows patients to breathe in 100 percent pure oxygen which increases blood flow to the wound.
During Wound Care Awareness Week, June 3 – 7, the Creedon Wound Care Center has been helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. An estimated 6.7 million people in the U.S. are suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds. Wound care centers that offer advanced treatment options like Creedon increase the possibilities for healing and returning patients to a higher quality of life.