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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Northwest Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is home to three state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, including a bariatric chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be a powerful tool in treating patients with stubborn, non-healing wounds.
The hyperbaric oxygen chambers create a 100% oxygen environment, which has been proven to help accelerate the healing of many types of wounds and soft tissue injuries. Oxygen helps the body form new blood vessels to serve areas that have been injured or may be affected by circulation disorders such as peripheral arterial insufficiency or diabetes.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows the body's natural, oxygen-dependent healing process to work more efficiently and can speed up the healing of wounds that have resisted conventional healing therapies. Conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:
The Northwest Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center's hyperbaric chambers are clear, see-through, single-person chambers. Our specialized hyperbaric therapy team includes physicians, wound care nurses, and technicians who have hyperbaric training.
- Enhancement of healing in select problem wounds
- Crush injuries
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Tissue damage from radiation
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments usually last from one and a half to two hours, and are administered once or twice a day, five days a week. The number of treatments depends on the body's response. Patients can relax during treatment by watching TV or videos on a screen specially fitted to the chamber.
Treatments require physician referral and are covered by private insurance or Medicare for most conditions. For more information call 206-368-1244.