Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Hunt Regional
HBOT for Wound Care Patients in Hunt County, Texas
Popularly known as the treatment for scuba divers suffering from decompression sickness, or for arterial gas embolism, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has gained wide acceptance in clinical, non-diving medicine over the last few decades.
HBOT is an important tool in the treatment of non-healing wounds. It is helpful in treating:
- Problem wounds
- Diabetic ulcers
- Crush injuries
- Acute traumatic ischemia
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Refractory osteomyelitis
- Radiation tissue damage
- Compromised skin grafts, flaps and replants
How is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Administered?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the systemic delivery of oxygen to patients placed in a chamber at two to three times atmospheric pressure, while breathing 100 percent oxygen for periods of 90 to 120 minutes. At Hunt Regional’s Wound Care Center, treatments are given daily, Monday through Friday.
Hyperbaric oxygen must be administered carefully to avoid toxic side effects. The patient's clinical response dictates the number of treatments needed. Non-healing wounds may require as many as 20-40 treatments. The level of tissue damage before treatment and the presence of associated systemic disorders affect the success rate of HBOT.
Our Wound Care Center uses two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. A highly trained hyperbaric technician monitors the patient constantly during treatment, under the supervision of a wound center physician. During treatment, the patient can watch TV, listen to the radio or talk with the staff. Relaxation techniques help reduce anxiety and claustrophobic response.
HBOT is reimbursable by Medicare and most other third parties for certain clinical applications. Requirements vary; some health care plans require preauthorization for coverage of treatments.
Do you have questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and how it could help you? Call our Wound Care Center at 903-408-5150.