The unique, innovative Montefiore Wound Healing Program provides care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, and diabetic ulcers, to reduce suffering and minimize wound-related complications. The program is designed to meet the special needs of elderly, chronically ill, and disabled patients, and to heal chronic wounds.
Montefiore's wound care specialists work closely with nurses and physicians on the service from which the consult was requested. Many patients are also followed by infectious disease and palliative care specialists. The Wound Healing Program collaborates with other departments to meet the needs of underserved patients such as those with osteomyelitis, sickle cell disease, and spinal cord injuries.
Care is provided in a variety of clinical settings:
- consultations for hospitalized patients at the inpatient facilities of Moses, Einstein, and Wakefield campuses
- continuity of care at our outpatient wound center
- nursing home consultations
Education & Training
The Wound Healing Program provides a core rotation for geriatric fellows, as well as for family medicine residents, internal medicine residents, and medical students during their geriatrics rotations. In addition, a four-week elective preceptorship in wound healing is offered to both medical students and residents.
Wound Healing faculty teach clinicians who work in a variety of care settings to appropriately manage chronic wounds and collaborate with wound healing specialists in their patients' care.
Lectures and workshops on topics in wound healing are offered throughout the year to clinical staff at Montefiore Medical Center.
Wound Healing Teaching Day
The annual Wound Healing Teaching Day covers prevention, early recognition, treatment, and comprehensive management of pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers.
Wound healing research is conducted by academic clinicians who seek to elucidate better ways to address the patient needs observed in clinical practice.
Ongoing research activities include:
- investigations in psychosocial barriers to accessing care for wound patients
- infectious complications of pressure-ulcer-related osteomyelitis
- and effective approaches to wound healing education in medical training
Montefiore Wound Healing Program