Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes and accelerates healing by enabling large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the blood and tissues. By receiving 100% oxygen in state-of-the-art pressurized chambers, patients benefit immediately from the therapeutic effects of higher tissue oxygen levels.

Who will benefit from hyperbaric medicine?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps individuals with a variety of conditions by revitalizing tissues that receive poor blood flow and promoting the growth of new blood vessels and tissue.

This program is recommended for patients with:

• Chronic diabetic ulcers
• Certain difficult-to-heal wounds
• Compromised skin grafts and flaps
• Non-healing amputation sites
• Delayed radiation injury of soft tissue or bone
• Acute traumatic crush injuries
• Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
• Thermal burns
• Chronic bone infections
• Gas gangrene/necrotizing soft tissue infections
• Central retinal (eye) artery occlusion
• Sudden sensorineural hearing loss

We offer a dedicated medical team.

Our physician-led team of specialists evaluates each patient to determine whether they will benefit from hyperbaric oxygen and, if so, the duration of treatments needed to yield optimal results. Our comprehensive evaluation and treatment process aims to achieve successful wound healing and prevent amputations.

Our team includes:

• Physician specializing in hyperbaric medicine
• Certified hyperbaric technician
• Registered nurse
• Licensed vocational nurse
• Other physician specialists as needed

At the Hyperbaric Medicine Center, patients benefit from:

• Thorough consultation by a physician specialist
• Objective measurement of tissue oxygenation
• Ongoing assessment of response to hyperbaric therapy
• Education about hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Referrals for appropriate diagnostic tests and complementary therapies
• Additional wound care services, if appropriate

What does it feel like inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

The first few minutes of hyperbaric treatment feel very much like the pressure changes experienced on a plane during landing. Yawning, swallowing, or pinching and blowing the nose will alleviate ear pressure. The rest of the time, patients can simply relax and enjoy listening to music or watching their favorite programs on an individual television.

We collaborate with primary care physicians.

Our team works with primary care physicians to help establish a diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as recommend ways to improve or maintain function. We welcome primary care physicians to participate in the assessment process, or we can provide the referring doctor with the results and a recommended care plan. We accept most insurance providers, including Medicare.

For more information about Casa Colina Hospital’s Hyperbaric Medicine Center or to refer a patient, please call 909/596-7733, ext. 3611.