Wound Care 3

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For diabetics and others who have a difficult time healing wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may provide some much-needed relief. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses this therapy.

Dr. Hill:

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers expose patients to high levels of oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen has been used for years to cure scuba divers of the bends and to treat carbon monoxide poisoning. Its become a very successful means of treatment for a variety of disorders, everyday injuries and illnesses.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment exposing patients to high pressure oxygen, which aids in the healing process of diseased tissues. The treatment is received while comfortably lying in a specially designed pressurized chamber with 100 percent oxygen. The hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases oxygen content in the blood and helps heal the wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide the following benefits:

*Advanced wound healing

*Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue

*Perfusion of damaged tissue

*Greater blood vessel formation

*Improved infection control, and

*Elimination and reduced effects of toxic substances.

The hyperbaric treatment is generally administered for two to three hours a day for several weeks.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.