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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Adds Two Hyperbaric Chambers to Help Heal Chronic Wounds
02/14/2011

BEDFORD, Texas — For most people, getting a cut on their foot or leg is no big deal. Give it a few days and the healing process is well underway if not complete. But for diabetics, wounds can be a much more serious problem.

That’s why Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has added two hyperbaric chambers to its wound care services.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment that delivers 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure.
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More hyperbaric chambers are needed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because of the growth of diseases that can contribute to chronic wounds, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

An estimated 23.6 million adults and children in this country have diabetes and each year another 1.6 million cases are diagnosed in people 20 years old or older, according to the American Diabetes Association. Volume at the Texas Health HEB wound clinic has grown as the rates of diabetes rises, said Jeanie Parsley, director of rehab and outpatient clinics for Texas Health HEB.

“We are thrilled to be offering this service to patients in the HEB area,” Parsley said. “Having hyperbaric treatments can make a huge difference in the patient’s quality of life, but the intensive nature of the treatments makes it especially attractive to have close to home. This is just another layer of the continuum of services Texas Health HEB offers to treat chronic wounds.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment that delivers 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure. Breathing the oxygen at the higher pressure levels helps increase oxygen levels in the wound, which in turn helps healing. The technology was originally developed to help SCUBA divers with decompression sickness, but it has proven effective in treating diabetic wounds.

Individuals undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment typically will spend two hours a day in the chamber, five days a week, for about a month. Because the treatment is so intense, Texas Health HEB has also invested in TcPO2, which is a testing tool to determine if a patient will benefit from hyperbaric treatments.

“We continue to see growth in the number of individuals with wounds that could benefit from hyperbaric treatment,” said Dr. Robert Meltzer, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB. “Many times individuals have lived with debilitating chronic wounds for months or even years. Hyperbaric therapy is one more tool that helps us quickly treat chronic wounds.”

Other conditions can also lead to the development of non-healing wounds, including peripheral vascular disease, arterial or venous ulcers, traumatic injury, complications following surgery, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure, lymphedema and other conditions which compromise circulation.

The hyperbaric chambers are located on the same floor as the Wound Care Clinic, Diabetes Education and Senior Health Care Center in Professional 3, 251 Westpark Way in Euless. For questions regarding the treatment, please call 817-355-6039.

For more information, please visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers.

Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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