Treating Wounds with Hyperbarics

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Baptist Health Madisonville: Treating Wounds with Hyperbarics

Doctors Jack Hamman, MD, and Peter Ward, MD, describe how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help heal wounds faster and prevent tissue loss in diabetic patients.

Treating Wounds with Hyperbarics Health Talks Transcript

Jack L. Hamman, MD, General Surgery
Wounds are as variable as patients are, and they occur in all locations, and they occur in all sizes and for many, many different reasons. The most common lesion we see are those unfortunate diabetics who have a mild to moderate arterial insufficiency that might not yield to revascularization, and if we can heal their wounds, we can either prevent tissue loss in their feet or at least limit the tissue loss.

Peter Ward, MD, Medical Director, Wound Care Center
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is placing the patient in a chamber where the 100 percent oxygen is delivered at various pressures, and what that does is, allows the blood to carry more oxygen. It allows the antibiotics to be more effective, so the tissues that are struggling to survive and fight off infection have more oxygen supply, and they have more antibiotics and more nutrients to fight that off and heal. Typically, we will treat them for either 30 or 40 treatments, and that’s five days a week, something like six to eight weeks. Our wound healing rate is 98 percent, and the median days to heal is 25 days. The wounds are healing faster, and the patients are excited, and we’re excited.