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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBO, is a medical treatment that increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, allowing oxygen to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them. HBO chambers surround patients with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. People with certain medical conditions benefit from increased levels of oxygen. Examples are: people with diabetes who have wounds that are slow to heal; people with wounds that have not shown improvement in four weeks; certain bone and skin infections; people with radiation injuries; and people with compromised or failing skin grafts or flaps.

You may need wound care treatment if you are experiencing any of the following: 

  • Actinomycosis 
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency 
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia 
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis 
  • Crush injuries and suture (reattachment) of severed limbs 
  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • Gas gangrene 
  • Osteoradionecrosis 
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts 
  • Progressive necrotizing infection
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