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Wound Care & Hyperbarics

Although most wounds heal on their own, there are an estimated six million Americans who suffer from chronic wounds that won’t heal. A patient with a complicated wound and additional medical complications often find that wounds do not easily heal on their own.  Chronic wounds can be caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, infection, and other conditions.  If a wound has not started to heal within two weeks or is not totally healed in six weeks, medical attention may be necessary to reduce the risk of complications including serious infection which could lead to amputation.

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center's Advanced Wound and Hyperbaric Center uses a comprehensive approach for patients with slow-to-heal wounds. Staffed by physicians and clinicians certified in both hyperbaric medicine and wound care, Chesapeake Regional specializes in aiding Patients who suffer from the following conditions: diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, trauma and surgical wounds and pressure ulcers. Our dedicated staff combines the latest technologies and healing techniques to promote healing and prevent recurrence. Most non-healing chronic wounds take time to heal; therefore, we have created a 16-week clinical pathway that allows us to monitor and utilize all of our advanced modalities to promote healing.

Services & Conditions

Chesapeake’s specially trained doctors and nurses offer you the latest proven treatments for non-healing chronic wounds, which include:

  • Excisional debridements
  • Bio-engineered skin substitutes
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • LUNA fluorescence angiography
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Wound conditions that we treat:

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Partial/full thickness wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Non-healing surgical incisions
  • Radiation wounds

The following wounds may require hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
  • Decompression illness (DCS)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Compromised skin grafts, flaps and replants
  • Radiation tissue damage and osteoradionecrosis
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Crush injuries and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Clostridial myonecrosis

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is among just a few hospitals in the region using hyperbaric, or oxygen-filled chambers, to heal challenging wounds and conditions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves exposing the body to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure that is greater than what you normally experience. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen often speeds the healing process.

What to expect when getting hyperbaric oxygen therapy

  • You will likely be asked to wear a medical gown that is 100 percent cotton.
  • You will lie on a table that slides into the a clear plastic tube that’s about 7 feet long.
  • You will be asked to relax and breathe normally during the procedure. You can watch TV or listen to music.
  • You will be able to talk to the therapist at any time during the treatment, and the therapist can see you and talk to you at all times
  • The chamber will be sealed and then filled with pressurized oxygen.
  • The pressure will rise to 2.5 times the normal air pressure, and you may experience some ear popping or mild discomfort. This is completely normal.
  • The session will last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.
  • After the therapy, technicians will slowly depressurize the chamber
  • Once your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session is complete, you may feel lightheaded or tired. These symptoms will usually go away after a short period of time.

Wound Care & Hyperbarics