Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a therapeutic tool used at the Wound Care Clinic. Not all patients need this therapy, but for those suffering from ischemic or hypoxic wounds, it is an effective treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the systematic delivery of oxygen to patients. Patients are placed in a hyperbaric chamber, which is pressurized two- to three-times atmospheric pressure, and they breathe 100 percent oxygen. This assists in the wound-healing process, fights certain types of infections, stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
Hyperbaric medicine is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Crush injuries
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Radiation tissue damage
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
- Acute traumatic injury
O’Connor’s Hyperbaric Department is certified by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) – one of only 171 certified hyperbaric centers in the U.S. out of 1,350 such facilities and one of only four certified centers in California. The UHMS is the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide.