08:53pm Wednesday 13 December 2017

New Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Facility to Treat Patients with Difficult to Heal Wounds

The Wound Care Center, an outpatient program of the Department of Surgery at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, provides a comprehensive wound treatment program that offers a multidisciplinary approach to care, not only to heal wounds but also to preserve limbs and prevent wound recurrence.  The center, among one of the most advanced in the region, is staffed by specially trained healthcare professionals who work together to develop individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of patients.  Specialists on the wound care team include:  vascular, general, plastic and podiatric surgeons; certified wound care nurse practitioners; registered nurses; and physical therapists.

For most people, a cut, scrape or minor injury usually heals on its own and does not require medical attention.  However, some people develop wounds, infections or pressure ulcers that will not heal, even after many weeks and months, causing severe pain and disability. Often, these patients are suffering from complications of diabetes, vascular disease, tissue damage from radiation therapy and non-healing traumatic wounds, and need specialized wound treatment. 

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers a high-tech solution to the complex problem of healing chronic wounds,” said Gene Coppa, MD, senior vice president of surgical services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  “Working very closely with referring physicians, the wound care/hyperbaric medicine team develops a customized treatment plan for patients with the goal of getting them healed quickly and back to their highest level of functioning.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by allowing patients to breathe 100 percent oxygen at two-to-three times greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure while safely enclosed and monitored in a pressurized chamber.  This increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the body’s tissues by the blood.  This boosts blood flow to the wound site, improves the body’s response to infection and supports tissue growth and healing.  Many wound healing problems may require 30 to 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments.
 
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facility has two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers and flat-screen TV’s for patients to help relax during treatments.  The facility is easily reached via an entrance in the underground parking garage at 1999 Marcus Ave., minimizing walking for patients who may have mobility issues. For more information, call (516) 233-3780.

Contact:  Betty Olt
(516) 465-2645
bolt@nshs.edu


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