Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine opened at Edward White Hospital in 1999. The Center utilizes the Sigma Plus Monoplace Hyperbaric System which delivers Oxygen to the patients in a spacious patient enviornment.
Each year, approximately 5 million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems or many other conditions. Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates significantly and reduced the length of hospital stays by 24 percent.
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a comprehensive outpatient center. Referrals are accepted from your physician, primary or specialized. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Preauthorization for care is given through the Edward White Business office.
F.A.Q.s About Hyperbaric Oxygen
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breaths 100% oxygen while being enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. This may be accomplished with a monoplace chamber--one completely pressurized with 100% oxygen--or a multiplace chamber, pressurized with air, which accommodates up to eight patients breathing 100% oxygen through a hood, mask or endotracheal tube.
While breathing pure oxygen, the patient's blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissue, and the ultimate result is the body's natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently. In addition, the hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces gas bubbles which are a crucial component in the treatment of arterial gas embolisms. It also reduces blood flow by 20% while the body's tissue continues to be hyperoxygenated, thereby decreasing the loss of plasma and reducing edema. This is extremely useful in the treatment of crush injuries, compartmental syndrom and cerebral edema. Continued use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the body's immune and healing response, and promotes a bactericidal effect, halting the growth of anaerobic organisms.
Is there a real need for this therapy?
Statistics show a great need for wound care centers. Each year, approximately 5 million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems or many other conditions.
Other statistics include:
- 1.5 million people who suffer from chronic wounds have diabetic ulcers
- 2.5 million people have pressure ulcers
- 1 million people have venous statis (circulatory) ulcers
- 15% of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds
- Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of amputation and approximately 60,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year
- One-half of all diabetics have or will develop neuropathy which can lead to injuries, sores, chronic infections, gangrene or amputations.
But there is hope! Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates significantly and reduced the length of hospital stays by 24 percent. The American Diabetes Association estimated that diabetes-related amputation could be reduced by 50 percent if patients were routinely tested for neuropathy, educated to prevent injury or complications, and provided related ancillary services.
What are the indications for treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
- Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic ischemias
- Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections (subcutaneous tissue, muscle, fascia)
- Osteomyeoltis (refractory)
- Radiation tissue damage
- Skin graphs and flaps (compromised)
- Acute Peripheral Arerial Insufficiency
- Some Diabetic Ulcers of lower extremities
For further information call (727) 328-6214.