Mountainside adds third hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat hard to heal diabetic wounds

November 22, 2010 12:49 PM

The Mountainside Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center is expanding its services with the addition of a third state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber which will begin serving patients the week of November 22. Since the introduction of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at Mountainside Hospital in May, the center’s first two hyperbaric chambers have been running at one hundred percent capacity. The overwhelming success of the HBOT program has created a backlog of patients awaiting therapy. The addition of the third chamber will provide the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center with greater scheduling flexibility and the ability to serve more patients.

One of the primary uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is to treat diabetes patients with hard to heal wounds. Diabetes is a chronic, life-long condition that, without proper management, can lead to serious complications. For the 24 million children and adults living with diabetes in the United States, some of the most serious complications from diabetes include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and chronic, non-healing wounds. In fact, those with diabetes have a fifteen percent higher risk for amputation than the general population due to chronic wounds.

In an effort to educate patients about potential complications and help them keep their diabetes under control, The Mountainside Hospital Diabetes Center offers training in self-monitoring of blood glucose, medication management and nutrition counseling. The Mountainside Hospital Diabetes Center helps patients address the physical, emotional and lifestyle concerns associated with a diagnosis of diabetes.

Understanding Chronic Wounds

Individuals with diabetes are prone to developing vascular disease in which the narrowing and hardening of arteries results in inadequate circulation of blood to the extremities. In addition, at least half of all people with diabetes develop neuropathy, nerve damage that can result in a loss of sensation in the extremities. For these patients, a seemingly minor injury such as a blister or minor abrasion can develop and worsen while the patient is unaware. The impaired blood flow of vascular disease can greatly interfere with the body’s ability to heal such a wound, or prevent it from healing altogether.

The longer a wound takes to heal, the greater the risk of serious infection. Diabetics, in particular, are especially prone to this risk. That is why more and more patients and physicians turn to wound care specialists who can employ more sophisticated treatment protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Mountainside Hospital

At the Mountainside Hospital Wound Center, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to enhance the body’s natural healing process and strengthen the immune system. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is proven to reduce healing time, improve healing rates and prevent possible limb loss. By dramatically increasing the oxygen content level in blood and compromised tissue, HBOT provides the ideal environment to promote the growth of new blood vessels and skin, a foundation of wound healing. It's a thoroughly tested, completely safe and painless therapy that has helped thousands of patients worldwide heal faster and more completely.

Mountainside Hospital Wound Care Center

A panel of 18 specially trained physicians, representing a variety of disciplines, including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, plastic surgery, podiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and vascular surgery, provide Mountainside HBOT patients with the highest level of appropriately targeted treatment.

Mountainside’s multidisciplinary team of specialists uses the latest, state-of-the-art healing techniques while helping patients understand the healing process and learn how to protect themselves from having another chronic wound.

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center is located on the third floor of Mountainside Hospital in the Wound Care Center and is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday by appointments only. For further information about its services, call (973) 429-6119 or click here. To schedule patient appointments, call Central Scheduling at (973) 873-7787.

About Mountainside Hospital

At Mountainside Hospital, world-class physicians treat a wide range of medical conditions using cutting-edge technologies. Patients have immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on women’s health, cancer care, cardiac care, bariatric surgery, stroke, outpatient diagnostics, dialysis, and other needs. Mountainside Hospital has been serving community health needs since 1891. Today, the 365-bed private hospital delivers personalized care while also functioning as a learning center via its nursing school and residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and dentistry.

 

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