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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2T) is used for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria. Throughout HBO2T treatments, the patients are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy is most likely beneficial to the patient.

During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBO2T helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.

Mechanisms of Action

The hyperbaric oxygen therapies performed by our Hyperbaric Medicine Units are conducted according to the strict guidelines established by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee (HOC) of the Undersea Medical Society (UMS) to treat:

A Multi-disciplinary Team Approach

HBO2T at Adventist HealthCare enlists the services of a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals, including physicians with specialized training in HBO2T, wound therapy nurse specialists, orthopedic, plastic, and vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialists. Rehabilitation medicine, dietary, and social services departments. Pastoral care is also available if need. HBO2T may be given on an outpatient or inpatient basis depending on the patient needs.

This comprehensive team approach is designed to address all factors involved in problematic wounds from initial evaluation to closure of the wound. Services provided include:

  • Comprehensive wound assessment by certified registered nurses and physicians specializing in wound management.
  • Individualized plan of care and patient education to promote compliance and prevent wound recurrence.
  • Re-evaluations on a continuous basis. Recommendation for foot wear and pressure relief devices.
  • Tissue Oxygen Tension Measurements
  • Rehabilitation services which include whirlpool and physical therapy.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

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