For over 50 years, hyperbaric medicine has been recognized as the definitive treatment for decompression sickness and air embolism. Today, as the result of extensive research, hyperbaric oxygen therapy in known to enhance the healing of problem wounds and to provide a vital addition to the cure of otherwise incurable infections.
Wounds that fail to heal because of inadequate tissue oxygen levels will not heal despite the best of traditional wound care. The causes of the inadequate oxygen may include poor arterial blood supply or local obstacles to the passage of oxygen such as radiation injury (radionecrosis), severe edema, chronic infections, or reperfusion injury after severe trauma. Inadequate oxygen supply interferes with cell replication, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels that is essential to healing), a number of processes that are required for the killing of bacteria and fungi, and the deposition of new connective tissues (collagen etc.) that bring the tissues back together. The inadequately vascularized tissues can live but cannot obtain enough oxygen to meet the greater demands of healing and killing bacteria.
The obstacle that prevents oxygen from entering wounds and surrounding inflamed and infected areas impede its diffusion from the nearest flowing blood to the wound cells The only way that more oxygen can be delivered is to increase its pressure (partial pressure) in the blood. An oxygen-enriched atmosphere must be breathed at high pressure. In a particularly important development, hyperbaric oxygen has now been proven to increase the growth of new vessels to the hypoxic area. Thus, the healing effects can be made permanent.
In hyperbaric therapy, the patient breathes pure oxygen while inside a compression chamber at pressures considerably greater than that at sea level.
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Lakeview Hospital
Lakeview Hospital and its integrated team of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine experts are here to serve you. The hospital's highly trained staff delivers an integrated team approach to healing. This includes an expert evaluation and a personalized care plan for every patient that receives treatment in the hyperbaric chamber.Are you a candidate for HBOT? If so, ask your physician to refer you to our center, or simply call us at (888) 286-CURE or (801) 397-0890. We can schedule an initial evaluation by one of our specialists.
Lakeview Hospital offers advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) using our fully accredited monoplace hyperbaric chambers. The treatment involves the delivery of pure 100% oxygen in our pressurized chambers to patients with certain injuries or medical conditions.
If you have a severe wound or one that has not healed over time, HBOT can help you heal better and faster. Remember, too, HBOT can save lives if carbon monoxide poisoning ever strikes you or your family unexpectedly.