Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
Southcoast is the first wound care facility in the region to offer hyperbaric medicine treatment.
The treatment quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infection.
It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
A treatment profile is administered daily and the number of treatments you receive will depend on your diagnosis.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds.
- Crush injuries.
- Certain soft tissue infections.
- Radiation tissue damage.
- Skin grafts and flaps.
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity.
- Acute traumatic injury.
Our hyperbaric medicine program includes:
- Two state-of-the art hyperbaric chambers, located in our Wound Care Center at Charlton Memorial Hospital.
- Medically supervised treatment with physicians and technicians who have special training and expertise in hyperbaric medicine.
- Clinical protocols provided by Diversified Clinical Services, Southcoast's partner in wound care.
What to expect during treatment
Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually be increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort.
Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or videos, simply relax or even sleep.