Saint Peter’s Wound Care Center® Joins Healogics to Raise Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 23, 2015

 Photo Caption: Jerry Sheen, MD, talks with his patient, Isaac Danner Jr. of Somerset, as he undergoes hyperbaric chamber therapy to heal an infected wound at the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services in New Brunswick.


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from Oct. 26 to 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers, the Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. Program directors nationwide will dedicate the week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity.

There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.

“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. Covington goes on to say, “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”

The Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider

  • Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection

  • Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses

  • Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)

  • Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis

The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services are offered at Saint Peter's in New Brunswick and the newest location in Monroe Township. The wound care center is a leader in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians that includes general surgeons, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, internists, geriatricians, infectious disease specialists, physiatrists and clinical wound specialists.

“Saint Peter’s is nationally recognized for outstanding evidence-based wound outcomes and is one of only six wound care centers in New Jersey to have received Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society accreditation for  its hyperbaric services,” said Wendy Calvin, director, wound care services.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The team formulates a personalized plan to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  •  Diabetic foot ulcers/wounds

  • Venous and Arterial ulcers

  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)

  • Radiation tissue damage

  • Pressure ulcers

  • Compromised skin grafts, flaps and/or replants as well as reopened surgical wounds

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Saint Peter's was the first hospital in the area to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) services. This cutting-edge technology increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and can offer distinct benefits, including:

  • Enhanced formation of new blood vessels

  • Infection control

  • Preservation of damaged tissues

  • Wound healing

Types of wounds/conditions:

Diabetic wound of the lower extremity - Wagner grade III wound or higher; Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis; Osteoradionecrosis; Soft Tissue Radionecrosis, and  Compromised Skin Grafts/ Flaps 

Contact the Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s  to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 732-846-6619 for the New Brunswick location, 609-860-0008 for the Monroe office, or visit

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