Closeup on Hyperbaric Medicine
One of the keys to treatment of non-healing wounds is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The wound center currently utilizes four hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Patients are treated in the pressurized, 100 percent oxygen environment during treatment periods we call dives. The UHMS Approved Uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Include:Air or Gas EmbolismCarbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke InhalationCarbon Monoxide Complicated By Cyanide PoisoningClostridial Myonecrosis (gas gangrene)Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome and other Acute Traumatic IschemiasDecompression SicknessEnhancement in Healing in Selected Problem WoundsExceptional Blood Loss (anemia)Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (subcutaneous tissue, muscle, fascia)Osteomyelitis (chronic refactory)Radiation Tissue Damage (osteo and soft tissue radionecrosis)Skin Grafts and Flaps (compromised)Thermal BurnsAdjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen in Intracranial Abscess
Additional Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapySpider Bites - brown recluseHydrogen Sulfide PoisoningCyanide PoisoningSelecte refractory anaerobic infection Pyoderma
Additional Treatments at Our Center
Our Wound Healing Center specialists also use a variety of additional treatments, depending on the patient's specific needs. These include
Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitoring
This will determine the level of oxygenation available to your wound to promote healing.
Doppler Evaluation of Pulses
This will determine blood flow available to transport nutrients and medications to the wound.
This will define any systemic problems such as anemia, diabetes, renal diseases or infection that could prevent your body from healing.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBO)
This is a medical treatment that uses the administration of 100 percent oxygen at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a prescribed amount of time - usually 60 to 90 minutes.
The air we normally breathe contains 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and one percent carbon dioxide and other gasses. Increasing the pressure of the air we breathe through the administration of HBO therapy dramatically increases the number of oxygen molecules entering the bloodstream, up to 2,000 percent. This increase in oxygen under controlled pressure means that oxygen can reach bone and tissue normally not accessible to red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body.
HBO therapy affects the body in other ways. For example, it enhances the function of white blood cells, which fight infection. This has a positive effect on the immune system. Also, HBO therapy has a positive effect on peripheral blood vessels and causes the formation of new capillaries, which are tiny, thin-walled blood vessels. Such formations effectively increase blood flow to the hands and feet.
HBO therapy is approved by the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of many conditions, including burns, diabetic ulcers and carbon monoxide poisoning.
The wound care products are chosen based on your wound's individual needs to promote the right wound environment your body requires to heal.
This is a minor procedure that enhances the growth of healthy tissues in your wound.