Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Wound Center at Meritus Medical Center is accredited for Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society. Accreditation is only awarded to those facilities that undergo an expert evaluation of their standards in patient care including quality improvement, staffing and training, operation, maintenance, facility, patient safety and standards of care. According to the Society, only 12 percent of hyperbaric facilities in the nation are accredited by UHMS.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy serves four primary functions:

  1. The use of pressure will drive more oxygen into the bloodstream. Oxygen can thereby serve as a medication which can improve wound healing.
  2. Some toxins produced by bacteria, which would be a poison to the body, can be neutralized by hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  3. Higher oxygen in the blood can stimulate blood vessel growth “angiogenesis’s” and collagen production.
  4. Replaces inert gases in the bloodstream and has been used to treat medical disorders such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, decompression illness and cyanide poisoning.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy