Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Valley Hospital Medical Center offers a complete range of services for patients suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds. The program provides the latest wound care treatments, as well as the experienced care of a team of physicians and nurses who specialize in wound care management.
Staff members have expertise in many areas that are necessary to handle a variety of circumstances and challenges.
Services at the Wound Healing and Hyberbaric Center include:
- Wound evaluation
- Wound debridement
- Advanced wound care technology
- Compression therapy
- Vascular diagnostics
- Diabetic education
- Nutrition management
Non-healing wounds can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Pressure ulcers
- Circulatory problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Surgical incisions
- Compromised skin grafts
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a procedure in which patients breathe 100 percent oxygen at pressures two to three times greater than the atmosphere's normal pressure. This dissolves more oxygen in the patient's bloodstream.
Hyperbaric oxygen can be delivered in hyperbaric chambers made of clear acrylic and filled with 100 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are normally painless and the average session is about two hours.
Hyperbaric oxygen can be applied as a primary or secondary treatment for many conditions including bone infection that does not respond to standard treatment, crush injuries and reattachment of severed limbs, deep tissue injury from radiation therapy and skin grafts or flaps that are not healing.
During HBOT, the patient's body absorbs 10-20 times more oxygen than he or she would regularly absorb. That causes oxygen-rich blood to flow to the wound site, speeding the wound healing process, and leading to a number of benefits including:
- A decrease in localized swelling
- The formation of new micro blood vessels
- Increased protection against infection
- Decreased effects from harmful or toxic substances in the body
- Enhanced wound healing