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Regional Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center installs second Hyperbaric Chamber

On Monday, November 23, 2009 Wilson Medical Center's Regional Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center installed a second Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. Wilson Medical Center is the only wound care center in Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma that provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy, an important tool for wound care healing. 

Since opening in July 1999 the center has been able to treat four patients a day with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and has provided more than 4,400 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. "Installing a second hyperbaric chamber will allow the Wound Center more opportunities to serve our patients," stated Jennifer Clark, HBO technician.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a procedure in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber.  While breathing pure oxygen, the patient's blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissue.  The ultimate result is the body's natural wound healing mechanisms (which are oxygen dependent) are able to function more efficiently. 

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments typically covered by Medicare and treated at Wilson Medical Center's Regional Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center include: diabetic wounds of the lower extremity, compromised skin grafts and flaps, delayed radiation injuries, necrotizing soft-tissue infections, chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection), crush injuries, and acute arterial occlusion. 

For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks.  However, for those patients whose natural healing process is hampered; a simple sore can become a complex medical problem requiring specialized care.

The Wound Center offers a comprehensive program to manage problem wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions.  "Our program is primarily devoted to healing problem wounds and helping our patients to reclaim their quality of life." said Diana Cunningham, RN, CWS, FCCWS, Program Director. "We also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy for those patients with radiation tissue damage or bone infection that may not have an open wound."

For more information about advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine options please call the Regional Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center in Neodesha today, 620-325-8393 or toll free 1-888-603-1333 and start healing tomorrow.

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