Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Treatments & Conditions

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
It is estimated that nearly five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. The majority of these wounds are the result of diabetes, immobilization or circulatory problems. Wounds that have resisted healing despite months or even years of traditional treatment often respond to the comprehensive treatment plan that may include hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen treatment.

Hyperbaric Medicine is a specialized treatment for a variety of conditions, including adjunctive wound treatment. While in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber, patients breathe 100% oxygen for session times determined by the physician, depending on the patient’s condition. The purpose is to increase oxygenation at the tissue level. The initial consultation of the HBOT candidate is with one of our HBOT physicians. The medical history and examination identifies any potential tests or information that may be required. Prior to any clinic visit, laboratory or radiology reports from the primary physician are appreciated.

The following tests are required prior to starting HBOT.
• Chest x-ray
• 12 lead EKG, >40 yrs., cardiac history
• Digoxin and antiseizure medication levels
• Echocardiogram, if history of CHF

Patients are usually treated for a number of sessions determined on a case by case basis depending on the patient’s condition, Monday through Friday, and re-evaluated weekly.

Hyperbaric chambers are available at Arizona Heart Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital and West Valley Hospital.

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