The Center’s multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled physicians, nurses and specialists will help patients get their lives back by concentrating on non-healing wounds — those that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment.
The Center will offer treatment on an outpatient basis and contains dedicated exam and treatment rooms and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. These enclosed Plexiglas chambers, built with the patient’s comfort in mind, allow patients to breathe 100 percent oxygen that promotes maximized healing. The non-invasive, painless treatment enhances the body’s natural healing capabilities, strengthens the immune system and promotes rapid recoveries. The high level of concentrated oxygen accelerates cell growth and creates healing where skin has not reproduced in years.
There is a tremendous need for these treatments in this region,” explains Alfonso Serrano, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon with decades of experience who serves as medical director for the new Center. “There are a large number of diabetic patients and patients who have bad arteries or veins who have become very discouraged with chronic wounds that do not heal. These patients desperately need and should greatly benefit from this highly specialized care.”
Roughly 15 percent of all diabetics have problems with healing and can benefit from hyperbaric treatments. Statistics show that 85 percent of diabetic patients facing amputation who choose hyperbaric medicine avoid the amputation, their wounds heal and they go on to lead higher quality, more productive lives.
The treatment can also be beneficial in healing internal organs in cancer patients. Hyperbaric therapy promotes growth to these regions, enhancing healing with new tissue while restoring pliability and relieving discomfort.
With two hyperbaric chambers, Hallmark Health System has the most advanced wound care program in the region.
The Center also provides access to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a simple, non-invasive, painless treatment that enhances the body's natural healing and strengthens the immune system, resulting in more rapid and complete healing for patients. HBOT can benefit patients through the following indications:
• Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity (Type I or II diabetic, Wagner grade III wound or higher, following 30 days of standard wound therapy)
• Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
• Soft Tissue Radionecrosis
• Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
• Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
• Acute Traumatic Peripheral Ischemia
• Progressive Necrotizing Infections
• Crush Injuries and Suturing of Severed Limbs (Acute)
• Gas Gangrene (Acute)
• Gas Embolism
• Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• Cyanide Poisoning
• Decompression Sickness
The Center’s assistance in developing and implementing individualized therapies, established protocols and proactive care and case management has been extremely successful in treating chronic wounds that have previously resisted healing with outcomes that far exceed the national average.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) use pure oxygen to enhance the body's natural ability to heal. It encompasses 100% oxygen under two to three times greater pressure than atmospheric pressure. This increased pressure causes a 10 to 15 fold increase in plasma oxygen concentration with a resultant increase in tissue oxygenation. This cannot be duplicated with topical O2 treatment. It is extremely safe and effective when administered by qualified professionals.
HBOT is gaining support. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has continued to view hyperbaric medicine as cost-effective in limb salvage and has recently increased the covered indications for HBOT.