GADSDEN, AL (March 25, 2014) – The physicians and clinicians at Riverview
Regional Medical Center’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center use
leading edge therapies to reintroduce the body's innate ability to
heal chronic wounds. One state-of-the-art therapy being used to save limbs
from amputation updates the folk wisdom that fresh air cures anything.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBO, increases the amount of oxygen to wounds
allowing them to heal from the inside.
Patients receiving treatments watch television while relaxing on a bed
encased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by
100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure.
Under hyperbaric conditions, oxygen molecules in the patient's red
blood cells become reduced in size to more easily dissolve into the liquid
portion of the blood and be transported throughout the body to speed healing.
During the non-invasive procedure, the only sensation patients experience
is a slight pressure in the ears, as on an airplane, when the pressure changes.
HBO treatments are used for wounds that have not responded to traditional
treatments. Treatments are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid and
most insurance plans. The Center also welcomes self-referrals.
The Riverview Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is a member of the Healogics™
network and Healogics Chief Clinical Officer Katy Rowland explains, "Hyperbaric
oxygen therapy has proven, well-documented results healing numerous conditions
including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone
and some types of vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation."
Healogics is the nation’s leader in wound care services, serving
more than 200,000 patients annually.
Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence
is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases
and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
The Riverview Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is located at 2013 Rainbow
Drive in Gadsden also offers negative pressure therapies, bioengineered
tissues and biosynthetics to treat chronic wounds. For more information
contact Vicky Lamb, Program Director, or Gina Hollingsworth, Clinical
Coordinator at (256) 546-6038.