House Call: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Many people often associate hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) with scuba diving, and its use in treating decompression sickness.
Yet this therapy has also been proven extremely effective in treating chronic, non-healing wounds. HBOT delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream which helps increase the body’s own natural wound-healing abilities.
When a wound does not respond to regular medical care, advanced modalities like HBOT often help patients heal. Common conditions treated with HBOT include diabetic ulcers, osteoradionecrosis, osteomyelitis, and late-affect radiation. Treatment is administered five days a week for two hours each session, for a minimum of a six week period.
Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is dedicated to ensure a comfortable patient experience during HBOT. They employ the use of cutting-edge hyperbaric chambers with clear sides and plenty of room for movement.
Patients can watch satellite TV or listen to music during each session. Specialized hyperbaric technicians are also present during the entire session to further ensure a safe, comfortable experience for the patient.
Fortunately, Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has an exceptional wound care management team dedicated to providing individualized, comprehensive treatment to diabetic and other patients suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds throughout the community.
Sam Adams is the program director at Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. He has served in the position for over a year, after moving to this area from Raleigh, N.C.
Sam earned his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Pfeiffer University in May of 2011.