Hope for Chronic WoundsIf you or a loved one is dealing with a wound that won’t heal, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman offers advanced treatment to aid the wound healing process.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an effective wound care approach that has been shown to dramatically aid in the treatment of chronic wounds, or those that may not otherwise heal, according to Candice Countryman, program director of wound care services at Texas Health Kaufman.
“HBOT helps the body’s wound-healing mechanism function more efficiently and promotes quicker healing of wounds that may not otherwise heal on their own, but it is only necessary for less than 18 percent of wound care patients,” Countryman says. “This type of treatment may be used for patients with diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities, injuries caused by delayed effects of radiation, bone infections that do not respond to traditional treatment approaches and skin grafts or flaps that are in danger of failing. We have seen astounding results from this treatment when nothing else worked.”
When patients undergo HBOT, they lie in an enclosed chamber and breathe 100 percent pure oxygen — 15 to 20 times more than the typical amount of oxygen delivered in the body — at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. When patients breathe in the oxygen, it saturates the blood plasma, thereby increasing circulation of oxygen in the damaged tissues.
“Our advanced chambers also allow patients to rest comfortably while undergoing treatment, watch television or movies, listen to music or take a nap. There is no need to drive outside of Kaufman, and free parking is available in front of the building,” Countryman says. “Additionally, all of the wound care services physicians are specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine, so patients can feel confident in the care they receive.”
For more information about wound care services at Texas Health Kaufman, visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Summer 2010)