Hyperbaric Treatment Provides Advanced Wound Healing
If you or a loved one has a wound that has not shown significant healing within a month, consider a visit to the Saint Anthony's Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, located on the campus of Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 East Fifth Street.
Non-healing wounds can stem from a range of conditions and causes, including trauma, infection, cancer, radiation injury, advance autoimmune diseases and diabetes. Sometimes wounds will not respond to general wound care treatments alone.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides 100 percent oxygen to patients under pressure, helping to heal damaged tissues, reduce swelling and improve circulation. The therapy increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the blood, so more oxygen is delivered to injured tissue. In turn, this stimulates small blood vessel and skin growth and helps fight infection.
“Hyperbaric treatment allows more oxygen to reach the damaged areas, and helps prevent tissues from dying from lack of blood and oxygen flow,” said Brenda Brueckner, R.N., Manager of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. “The therapy is painless, and it is capable of producing a wide range of effects, including increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue, greater blood vessel formation, advanced wound healing, improved infection control and preservation of damaged tissue.”
Alton resident Jim Noble was sent to the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine because of osteoradionecrosis – a condition that causes bone to die because of radiation treatment. Before Jim could receive a tooth extraction, he needed treatment.
“I had undergone treatment for throat cancer,” said Jim. “Because of the radiation to my mouth, I needed to get treated in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber to make sure my tooth extraction would heal properly.”
“At first I was nervous because I am a little claustrophobic,” said Jim. “But it was no problem at all. I can sleep or watch T.V. while getting my treatments. Everyone at Saint Anthony’s made me feel at ease. I watch as they all work together as a team to give their patients the best treatment possible.”
Many conditions may benefit from wound care and/or hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
• Wounds that have not healed in several weeks
• Post radiation tissue injury
• Diabetes-related foot and ankle ulcers
• Crush injuries
• Venous Stasis or arterial insufficiency ulcers
• Compromised grafts and flaps
• Pressure ulcers
• Necrotizing soft tissue infections
• Carbon monoxide poisoning
• Wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
The effective technology of the state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers supplements the other treatment methods used by physicians. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine has a team of specially trained health care professionals that can help you return to your favorite family and daily life activities.
For more information, please call 618/463-5300.
Saint Anthony's Health Center is a 199-bed health care organization with dual campuses-Saint Anthony’s Hospital and Saint Clare’s Hospital - encompassing specialized inpatient and outpatient services.