Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a process in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at above-normal atmospheric pressure, increasing the delivery of oxygen to the body. This oxygen enhances the body’s natural healing process. Studies show the treatment to be very helpful in aiding the body’s recovery from certain kinds of wounds and other medical injuries.

In wound care, HBOT is used for select chronic, non-healing wounds, osteomyelitis, and failing skin grafts and flaps. The compromised tissue is super-saturated with oxygen and new capillary growth occurs. There are many benefits to augmenting wound treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, i.e. hyperoxygenation, angiogenesis, fibroblast proliferation, leukocyte oxidative killing, toxin inhibition and antibiotic synergies. Patients will be given a treatment plan tailored to their individual medical needs.

With chronic, non-healing wounds becoming a multi-million dollar healthcare problem, Kindred Hospital is ready to meet the growing demands for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Types of wounds treated include:

  • Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts, excludes artificial skin graft
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomyeosis
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities