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Third hyperbaric chamber added at Baptist Louisville Wound Care Center

A third hyperbaric chamber has been added at Baptist Health Louisville to help handle the increasing demand for treatment of slow-healing wounds.

The new unit was delivered and installed on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 in the Wound Care Center, located on the first floor of the Baptist Louisville Medical Pavilion, 3900 Kresge Way, on the hospital’s campus.

Baptist Louisville has had a 16 percent increase in new patients seen by the center in 2012 over 2011. More patients being treated for diabetic wounds and other conditions.

Patients with diabetic ulcers and other types of slow-healing wounds can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) used to treat wounds that have shown no improvement in four weeks of conventional treatment.  Pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, problem surgical wounds and other types of complex soft-tissue injuries may also be treated at the center.

Diabetes and obesity are fueling a sharp increase nationally in chronic wound care. According to the National Institute of Health, chronic wounds affect about 6.5 million patients in the United States. Diabetic wounds require more attention because the condition means decreased blood flow (which means slower healing) and a lack of feeling in hands and feet can mean the person may not immediately notice the injury.

With HBOT, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen within a pressurized chamber, enabling the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, to function more efficiently.  Treatments take about two hours.

Patients may refer themselves for treatment, or obtain a physician referral for the Wound Care Center, open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment, call (502) 259-4470. For more information, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131 for a fact sheet.

For the second consecutive year, the Center has been honored by Diversified Clinical Services – this time with the Robert A.Warriner Center of Excellence Award. Centers receive this honor for achieving success in meeting or exceeding certain quality standards for patient healing plus patient satisfaction at 91 percent or above.

The Baptist Louisville Center, which opened in January 2009, achieved a 96 percent healing rate, which bests national benchmarks. Center patients heal typically heal in 27 days (that’s the median).

Baptist Louisville operates the center through a cooperative agreement with Diversified Clinical Services, a 20-year-old company which originated the specialized practice of wound care.