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Reid Wound Healing Center Offers ABCs of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Reid Wound Healing Center at Reid Hospital


 Patients suffering from a chronic wound that hasn't healed in 30 days or a medical condition such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, bone infections, radiation skin irritations or vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation, can ask their doctors to prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).

Reid Wound Healing Center at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond uses HBO to treat patients referred by a variety of medical specialists including primary care physicians, internists, podiatrists, radiation oncologists, dentists, gynecologists, neurologists and urologists.

"HBO is used only for wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments as well as for more rare conditions such as the bends and gangrene," explained Dr. Bob Bartlett, senior medical advisor of National Healing Corporation which advises Reid Wound Healing Center and other partner hospitals around the nation.

While receiving treatment, patients watch movies as they relax on a bed in a large see-through plastic shell, filled with 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure. The higher pressure enables oxygen molecules to pass through the plasma to the body more easily and speeds healing.

"Although patients may never have heard of it, HBO is a completely noninvasive procedure and can produce results where other treatments have failed even to the point of saving limbs from amputation," Bartlett said.

The HBO experts at Reid Wound Healing Center offer the following information on what new HBO patients can expect:

  • As on a plane, the only sensation patients experience is a slight pressure in the ears as the pressure changes.
  • An intercom system keeps patients in touch with technicians.
  • Since the experience is similar to hyperbaric pressure underwater, treatments are called dives.
  • In most instances, Medicare, Medicaid and the majority of insurance plans cover HBO.

For more information about HBO and other treatments for chronic wounds, contact Reid Wound Healing Center at Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, Indiana, or call 765-983-3300.

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