Patients with diabetes and vascular disease are especially prone to having difficulty in healing wounds due to restricted blood flow and excess blood sugars, which can greatly slow the healing process. In fact, foot ulcers are the leading reason for the foot amputations that are an all-too-frequent effect of diabetes. That’s why specialists at NuHealth’s Zaki Hossain Center for Hypertension, Diabetes & Vascular Disease at Nassau University Medical Center keep close track of all wounds and infections. When problem wounds become a threat to life and limb, the wound care specialists at NuHealth’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center are ready with the latest in sophisticated healing technologies.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) delivers pure oxygen to a patient in an airtight chamber at an atmospheric pressure that is greater than normal. Traditionally associated with the treatment of decompression sickness (what divers refer to as “the bends”), HBOT has more recently emerged as a leading therapy in the treatment of problem wounds, infections and trauma. Under high pressure, blood is able to absorb more oxygen which, when carried to damaged or infected tissue, promotes faster healing.
Nassau University Medical Center is the tri-state area’s first Level I Trauma Center with a multi-disciplinary wound care team and a large, multi-station hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Working closely with the other team members from the Zaki Hossain Center, NuHealth’s wound care specialists evaluate and treat the entire spectrum of problem wounds, providing not only the high-tech healing power of HBOT, but wound-cleansing, debridement, and daily changing of dressings, if needed.
To contact a wound care specialist, call (516) 572-5201.
Louis Riina, MD