There are cases where disease or wounds are so severe, the damage cannot heal naturally. Added care from a wound care clinic can help. Wound care clinics have doctors, nurses, and physical therapists trained in treating wounds. Furthermore, clinics take healing a step further, providing patients hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
The powerful benefits of pure oxygen
HBOT provides 100% oxygen under pressure. Patients can breathe in pure oxygen, accelerating blood vessel repair and healing. Patients receive oxygen therapy in 30-120 minute sessions in a pressurized chamber or room. The treatments, together with proper wound care, improve these 5 conditions.
1. Diabetic ulcers and wounds
As diabetes rises to alarming rates, diabetic ulcers are becoming widespread. A foot ulcer happens in about 15-25% of diabetic patients. The disease can prevent wounds from healing, increasing the risk of infection. Diabetic foot ulcers often result in amputation to prevent the spread of the infection. Hyperbaric and wound care have amazing success stories of saving patients from amputations. Getting more oxygen to the area stimulates healing and the production of new blood vessels.
2. Fighting against gangrene
When a patient with a wound has gangrene, no oxygen-rich blood can reach the wound site. As a result, the surrounding tissue and cells die. The condition is most common on limbs but can also have internal impact. Although the death rate from gangrene is less than 1%, patients still need immediate attention. Oxygen therapy also slows most types of gangrene including gas gangrene.
3. Recovering from a crushing injury
Major accidents can cause damage to the body that is so severe, recovery seems almost impossible. Common circumstances are car accidents, high falls, or major damage from falling objects. The impact on the body causes acute traumatic ischemia or crush injury. The sheer force of the injury damages muscle cells, blood vessels, and bones. Crush injuries, if left untreated, can develop into crush syndrome or compartment syndrome. These conditions can cause permanent damage or death. With proper wound and hyperbaric care, patients get a significant advantage in recovery.
4. Devastating thermal burns
Injuries caused by fire, steam, or hot objects and liquids are thermal burns. Thermal burns make up most of the 2 million yearly burn injuries in the US. Most thermal burns are superficial. With a third or fourth-degree burn, conventional care may not be enough. Studies have shown getting oxygen therapy 24 hours after major burn injury reduces shock. HBOT also reduces infections and even decreases the need for surgery.
5. Radiation burn damage
Prolonged exposure to radiation causes serious internal and external injury. Some radiation burns occur after radiotherapy is needed for cancer patients. So while the treatment is saving lives, the side effects can also be severe. Burns can also happen due to overexposure on the job or radiation-related accidents. Wounds created by excess radiation have trouble healing, as surrounding cells and tissue die. Proper wound care and oxygen therapy reduces the damaging effects of radiation burn.
The right care can change your life
Together with consistent wound care, HBOT improves the chances of recovery. An increased concentration of oxygen kickstarts new blood vessels. Consistent hyperbaric sessions speed up healing in just a few sessions. Trained staff can help keep the damaged area infection-free. Consider speaking with a doctor about a hyperbaric treatment and wound care regimen.