Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Services at Abrazo Healthcare, in Arizona

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.

Diagnosis That Can Benefit From Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Include:

  • Necrotizing infections
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Comprised skin grafts/flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis, osteoradionecrosis and late effects radiation
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning
  • Edema control/compression therapy
  • Adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen for tissue hypoxia

Types of Resistant Wounds Treated by Wound Care Include:

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Lower Leg Ulcers
  • Bone Infections
  • Gangrene
  • Skin Tears and Lacerations
  • Radiation Burns
  • Post-Operative Infections
  • Slow- or Non-Healing Surgical Wounds
  • Failing Skin and Muscle Grafts
  • Immunosuppressive Disorder Wounds
  • Failing Skin and Muscle Grafts

How does the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber work?

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.

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