Making a Difference in the Lives of Area Patients
Over 5.7 million patients in the United States suffer from some form of chronic wound, a debilitating condition that significantly impacts daily life and costs billions of dollars annually. Of that number, diabetes patients are particularly prone to chronic wound conditions.
The Wound and Hyperbaric Center at McLaren Northern Michigan includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, medical suppliers, and surgeons who works with patients to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, including HBOT, specialty dressings, diet and nutrition, and any other medical protocol appropriate to the individual patient.
Ask your physician for a referral or call (231) 487.3590 for more information. Our commitment is to work with you and your physician to provide the highest standard of wound care. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Oxygen is essential for life and healing. Your body needs oxygen to survive. When tissue is damaged, even more oxygen is needed for healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, which helps your body fight infection and stimulates healing,.
During HBOT, the patient breathes pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The air pressure in the chamber is slowly and safely increased to up to three times the normal air pressure. This enables the lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at a normal air pressure.
After a series of treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, patients often see improved healing of chronic wounds. HBOT can be used in combination with other wound treatments. It is most commonly used to treat:
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries and traumatic wounds
- Radiation tissue damage
Beyond treatment of chronic wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.