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DMH Announces Grand Opening of Hyperbaric Chambers


May 22, 2009...Decatur Memorial Hospital will soon be the first in Decatur to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients.

On Thursday, May 14, DMH introduced hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony for two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. The DMH Wound Clinic will be adding these comfortable, technologically advanced hyperbaric chambers to the wide array of services it currently offers to treat difficult to heal wounds.

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy supports the body’s healing process by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and helping to control infection,” said Jeff Brown, Director of DMH Rehabilitation Services. “This therapy has been proven to help diabetics and other patients with difficult to heal wounds.”

Wounds that are commonly treated using hyperbaric oxygen therapy include: diabetic food and leg ulcers, bone infections, non-healing surgical wounds, and tissue breakdown as a side-effect of radiation therapy.

All patients of the DMH Wound Clinic have an individualized treatment plan based on the type and severity of the wound. If the plan involves hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient will lie in a clear acrylic pressurized tube as they watch TV, DVDs or sleep while breathing 100 percent oxygen. Treatment usually lasts about two hours while the patient is continually monitored by a technician.

For more information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the DMH Wound Clinic, call 876-2637.