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When wounds do not respond to general wound care treatments alone, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) may be the key to complete healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) - the use of 100% oxygen under pressure to promote tissue repair - works because it quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream. It is a supplemental therapy used along with current medical and surgical therapy.
HBOT accelerates healing by:
Hyperbaric medicine is now provided at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at The Chester County Hospital. Our two hyperbaric units are large, clear acrylic chambers with their own TV, so patients may watch movies or listen to music during treatment. The completely transparent chambers allow patients to see and be seen at all times.
For Wound Care Patients
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is indicated for about 20 percent of wound care patients. Your treating physician will determine whether or not it is appropriate in your case. The average course of treatment lasts four to six weeks (excluding weekends). HBOT is painless and does not require pain medication.
For Physicians, Podiatrists and Wound Care Centers
Patients who are already receiving wound care with you can continue that treatment while HBOT supplements your plan of care.
There are many diagnoses for which HBOT is indicated in a wound care center setting:
What should I wear?
We put safety first. We will provide you with clothing to wear during your treatment. Please do not wear any of the following items when you come to the center for HBO therapy:
Let the staff know if you feel ill. Let the staff know if you are congested.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment is different for each patient. It depends on the patient's condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.
How long does a treatment last?
Treatment will last about 2 hours. You will receive one treatment a day, Monday through Friday. Your doctor will tell you if you need more than one treatment a day.
What should I expect before treatment?
The HBO technician will take your vital signs and listen to your lungs. The inside of your ears will be examined. You will be asked about your pain. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar will be checked. Safety checks will be done before each treatment.
Is HBO painful?
HBO is not painful. At the beginning of your treatment you may feel pressure in your ears. Like when you fly in a plane or drive up into the mountains. You may have to clear your ears. The HBO staff will instruct you on methods for clearing your ears:
What should I tell my doctor before I begin HBO?
Tell your doctor if you have:
What if I have diabetes?
Your doctor will discuss blood sugar control with you. The HBO technician will check your blood sugar before and after treatment. Take your medicine as prescribed. Eat before HBO.
What if you feel claustrophobic?
When you are in the chamber you can see out in all directions. If you are anxious, the doctor can prescribe medicine to help you relax.
Is HBO therapy covered by my insurance?
Medicare has approved coverage for HBO therapy for many types of chronic nonhealing wounds. Most private insurance companies follow medicare rules. We will review your insurance plan with you before your therapy starts to make sure you know what your costs will be.
|The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center|
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Bldg B, Suite 103
915 Old Fern Hill Road
West Chester, PA 19380
Hours: Open Monday through Friday - Several time slots are available during normal business hours
Last Updated: 2/25/2014