Center for Hyperbaric Medicine

Modern medicine can do some pretty miraculous things. That’s why HCMC is now offering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a medical treatment for wounds that won’t heal. If you need treatment, we have the technology. We have the specialists. And we have the care and compassion to get you back on your feet and back into life.

The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine will often use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber (HbOT), a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing ability as well as strengthens the body’s immune system, if the non-healing wounds meet specific criteria. Throughout HbOT treatments, the patients are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy is most likely beneficial to the patient.

During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream. Essentially, HbOT helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, radiation tissue damage and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.

By dramatically increasing the oxygen content level in blood and in compromised tissue, HbOT provides the ideal environment to promote the growth of new blood vessels and skin – a cornerstone of wound healing. It is a thoroughly tested, completely safe and painless therapy that has helped thousands of patients worldwide heal faster and better than ever before.

Requirements to Qualify for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

  • All patients must have a two view Chest X-Ray and a Basic Metabolic Panel.
  • Nursing home patients need to have used all their skilled days before having HbOT.

Patients with the following conditions can qualify for HbOT:

  • Diabetes – must have a minimum of 30 days of wound care without improvement. Must monitor A1c and Albumin
  • Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis – failure of conventional medications for six weeks, had chronic wound for over six months, had six weeks of consecutive IV or oral antibiotics, and a positive bone scan or MRI.
  • Radiation – must have documentation of site and date.
  • Skin Grafts/Flaps – must have a failed split thickness or dermagraft (no artificial graft allowed) and there must be documentation of the graft date and a date of noted compromise.
  • Atherosclerosis – must have documentation of corrective procedure and of atherosclerosis.

The first appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications, and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend several hours at the Center.

Patients will normally have treatments every day, Monday through Friday, for several weeks. Before and after treatment, the staff will check blood pressure and vital signs. Glucose level will also be checked, so it is important that patients eat a good meal before arriving for treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 120 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

You may call the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine directly or be referred by your physician. To make an appointment directly, call: 731-644-3211