Baptist Health Floyd: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Wound Healing
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream to help wounds heal faster. Learn more about Baptist Health Floyd’s Wound Care Center.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Wound Healing HealthTalks Transcript
Bob Thacker, CHT
When you’re having difficulty with a wound healing, that’s the time to come to the wound center. Our objective here at the Wound Care Center and in hyperbaric medicine is to close that wound as quickly as possible. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is where we utilize 100 percent oxygen, but therapeutically, when we place someone inside of a hyperbaric chamber and we close the door, then we pressurize that oxygen. So, we’ll magnify the oxygen in the bloodstream by tenfold or greater. By pressurizing oxygen in that environment, oxygen behaves differently. By doing so, cells begin to respond. That healing process begins to respond, and wounds heal up.
Mostly, what we see in the wound center are diabetic ulcers, necrotizing infections, gas gangrene, a skin graft that has started to fail, osteomyelitis, which is infection of the bone, or radiation injuries. There are a number of other indications for it, but primarily, those are the ones we deal with here in the wound center.
Hyperbaric therapy is very safe. Hyperbaric chambers have been around for greater than 300 years. But over the past 50 to 60 years, we have acquired state-of-the-art chambers. One of our jobs is to ensure your safety 100 percent of the time.
You could be self-referred to the Wound Care Center, or you could have your primary care physician or your specialty physician refer you here. Most insurance companies do cover wound care and hyperbaric treatment.
Hyperbaric is a life changer. It will actually give your life back to you.