Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been proven effective for a variety of surgical, medical and emergency conditions resulting from traumatic injury, diabetes, radiation treatments, infections and decompression sickness.
HBOT is a medical treatment of breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. This pressure enables oxygen to be delivered quickly and in greater quantities to affected areas of the body, which may have reduced circulation or have suffered oxygen deprivation.
Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Arterial Gas Embolism **
- Decompression Sickness (Bends) **
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Cyanide Poisoning
- Smoke Inhalation
- Thermal Burns
- Crush Injury/Compartment Syndrome
- Clostridial Gas Gangrene
- Necrotizing Fasciitis
- Pyoderma (mixed progressive bacterial infection)
- Compromised/Failing Skin Graft or Flap
- Soft Tissue Radionecrosis
- Refractory Ulcers
- Acute Vascular insufficiency
- Acute Arterial insufficiency
- Non-healing Diabetic Ulcers
- Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Radiation Cystitis/Proctitis/Vaginitis
- Preparation of irradiated or otherwise compromised tissue for grafting
** Not treated at Bay Medical Sacred Heart.
The mission of Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s Hyperbaric Department is to provide Bay County and the surrounding region convenient access to state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Medicine. We specialize in non-healing and problem wounds as well as selective emergency conditions.
BMSH’s Hyperbaric Department houses a 30-foot long by 6-foot diameter multi-place hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The chamber accommodates up to six patients allowing for friendly patient interaction.
The chamber is compressed with purified air and is capable of pressures six times that of normal atmospheric pressure. During every treatment a medical professional will accompany you and tend to your needs. In addition, the chamber is designed for patient comfort and convenience with such features as television with DVD player and temperature control.
State-of-the-art technology combined with highly skilled staff who are certified and trained in hyperbaric medicine, make our hyperbaric program the most comprehensive of its kind on the Emerald Coast.
If you have a wound that has not healed, consider seeking help from BMSH’s Wound Healing Center.
The methods employed by the center have established an impressive record of healing wounds that others thought hopeless, including many that might have required amputation.
Carefully researched methods allow patients to receive state-of-the-art treatment of wounds that have resisted healing despite months, or even years of conventional treatment.
Treating the following diagnosis types:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Lower leg ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Bone infections
- Radiation burns
- Skin tears or lacerations
- Post-operative infected wounds
- Slow or non-healing wounds
- Wounds from brown recluse spider bites
- Failing or compromised skin/muscle grafts or flaps
- Wounds over 60 days old failing multiple treatments/therapies
Call (850) 747-6591 to schedule an appointment.
Your Team of Specialists
Our staff is a unique team of experienced doctors, nurses and therapists whose combined knowledge creates a multidisciplinary approach to wound management. We are dedicated to caring for people with wounds that have resisted traditional means of healing.
We will inform your doctor about your treatment program and the progress you are making. We are a group of specialists dedicated to solving a specific problem — the healing of your wound. Together with you and your doctor, we offer promise for wounds that are difficult to heal.
Preparing for your First Visit
Call for your appointment; physician referrals and self-referrals are accepted. When you call, you will be asked a few questions concerning your wound and your general health. Your visit will be scheduled at a convenient time and a staff member may call to verify your appointment.
For your first visit, you will need to bring identification, insurance card(s), any required insurance forms, a list of medications being taken, and a copy of any medical records to include any radiology reports/films you may have. This will simplify and complete your registration.
Your First Visit
Before beginning treatment, the wound healing doctors, nurses and therapists will evaluate your wound and review your medical history and general health. You may have special tests to provide us with important information about the flow of blood, tissue oxygenation and whether or not infection is complicating the healing process.
Your Treatment Program
Once your test results are in, our wound healing team, in concert with your primary care/referring physician, will develop a treatment program based on your special needs. Your program will involve regular visits to the center to provide treatment, follow your progress or make necessary changes in your treatment program.
You will also be instructed in home wound care, dressing changes and ways to protect yourself from further injury. For some patients who require additional special treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses 100% oxygen breathed at higher than normal pressures to enhance healing in problem wounds.
You are the Key in Your Treatment
Much of the success of your wound treatment depends on your level of commitment and participation. As an active member of your wound management team, you will need to follow directions carefully, watch your progress closely, and keep your appointments. Remember, your wound healing staff is available to answer any questions concerning your treatment program.