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A Healing Atmosphere

For some people, wounds won’t heal without specialized care. Discover how hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy can help chronic wounds heal faster.

Left untreated, non-healing wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, bone infections and crush injuries that interrupt blood flow to limbs, can lead
to amputation. If a wound has not healed in six weeks, a person should consider seeking HBO therapy.

When people breathe 100 percent oxygen under pressurized conditions, their blood becomes flushed with oxygen that is quickly absorbed by body tissue and the lungs, speeding the healing process. A hyperbaric chamber simulates an environment 33 to 45 feet below sea
level, allowing users to safely breathe 100 percent oxygen. Since the hyperbaric chamber is clear, patients lying inside can see everything around them, including an attached television to help pass the time during treatment.

“Patients will need to spend up to two hours in the chamber for as many as 20 to 30 visits,” says Jeanie Parsley, P.T., D.P.T., M.B.A., director of Rehabilitation and Outpatient Clinics at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. “With the time commitment required for this treatment, it is convenient for people in our communities to have this service offered in a location close to them.”

Texas Health HEB has two mono-place hyperbaric chambers. HBO therapy is also offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

For more information about wound care services at Texas Health hospitals, visit TexasHealth.org/WoundCare or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Summer 2011)

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