August 28th, 2008

In August, a third hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber was added to Great River Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic, an outpatient wound-healing clinic at Great River Center for Rehabilitation.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in patients needing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments,” said Jonathan Arnold, M.D., medical director, Great River Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic. “Not only do we provide the latest and most sophisticated technologies and equipment, but our clinic also is staffed by a team of highly trained specialists who are committed to the treatment of difficult, non-healing wounds.”

During hyperbaric treatment, patients receive oxygen at a higher concentration and pressure than available by breathing room or outside air. The increased availability of oxygen enhances the body’s natural infection-fighting ability and speeds the repair of damaged tissue. Rapid healing decreases the likelihood of long-term complications.

Treatment sessions vary in time and number based on the wound receiving treatment and the patient’s clinical response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat complicated diabetic foot ulcers, bone infection, tissue damaged by radiation treatment, crush injury, complications of advanced vascular disease and many other conditions known to benefit from the treatment.

In 2004, Great River Medical Center was the first hospital in southeastern Iowa to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The clinic is one of a few clinics nationwide certified by the Joint Commission and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society.

For more information or to make an appointment for a wound evaluation, please call (319) 768-4100.