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Is Hyberbaric Medicine a Treatment for Your Wound?

February 03, 2015

What is hyperbaric medicine?

Hyperbaric medicine treatment may be given in a single-person or multi-person chamber. While in a pressurized chamber, the patient will breathe 100 percent oxygen. This promotes healing by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood and tissues.

Research suggests this may help in many ways, including by stimulating skin cells to heal and encouraging new blood vessels to develop.

Who needs hyperbaric medicine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recommend treatment for about a dozen conditions, including:

  • Nonhealing diabetic foot ulcers
  • Radiation injuries of the jaw, bladder, or rectum
  • Infections in the bone
  • Nonhealing surgical wounds
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Thermal burns
  • Gas gangrene

New Wound Centers

Beavercreek

After the closing of the wound center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, this center provides more options to Greene County residents.

(937) 458-4460

Dayton

With the addition of vascular surgeon and certified wound care physician James Gebhart, DO, Grandview Medical Center is poised to offer wound care to those in and around Dayton.

(937) 723-4231

Liberty Township

Affiliated with Fort Hamilton Hospital, this center houses five exam rooms and two hyperbaric chambers.

(513) 867-3166

Miamisburg

Sycamore Medical Center installed a new 12-person, multi-place hyperbaric chamber in April to serve as the hub for wound patients who may need advanced treatment.

(937) 384-8772

ketteringhealth.org/wound


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