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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center opened Cleveland’s first Hyperbaric Medicine Center in 1993. We are proud to be among the few hospitals in Ohio that offer this unique and effective treatment as part of our Wound Center. Three computerized hyperbaric treatment chambers are used to care for a variety of illnesses and injuries. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments deliver 100% oxygen to the body, encouraging the development of new capillaries that transfer blood and oxygen to damaged tissues. This promotes advanced wound healing and improved infection control. In addition, treatment within the chamber constricts blood vessels; reducing swelling in patients suffering from severe burns and crush injuries. The therapy chambers can be useful in the treatment of severe smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Conditions Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a wide range of emergency and non-emergency illnesses and injuries, including:

  • Acute carbon monoxide exposure
  • Decompression illness
  • Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and reattachment of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing fasciitis
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Diabetic wounds that have failed course of standard therapy

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment produces one or more of the following effects:

  • Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue
  • Advanced wound healing
  • Preservation of damaged tissues
  • Elimination and / or reduction of the effects of toxic substances
  • Reduction or elimination of tissue obstruction by gas bubbles
  • Greater blood vessel formation
  • Improved infection control

With some conditions these effects may occur after only one or two treatments; or, depending upon the nature of the illness or injury and the patient’s condition, it may be necessary to undergo as many as 40-50 treatments for maximum benefit. Treatments may be provided up to twice daily for inpatients. Outpatients receive treatment once a day for five days per week. Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized and carefully discussed with him or her.

For an appointment, call 216-363-2646.

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