An introduction to hyperbaric oxygen

Many patients referred to Prisma Health’ss Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center may require hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)​ treatments.

What is HBO? Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that delivers a high concentration of oxygen to the bloodstream, which helps increase the body’s own natural wound healing ability. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100% oxygen can, in some cases, speed the healing process. Patients breathe pure oxygen while enclosed in a chamber at a greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. This saturates the blood, allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Our treatments are provided by physicians and staff who are trained in hyperbaric medicine. The specialists at the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center evaluate each patient’s individual condition and determine if HBO is an appropriate treatment. Your doctor may suggest HBO if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Gangrene
  • Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
  • Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death

Some studies even suggest that HBO reduces risk of amputation in individuals with diabetic foot ulcers by promoting partial and full healing of problem wounds. Ask your health care provider if HBO could be a helpful treatment for you.

The Prisma Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Oxygen Center’s staff includes a Certified Wound Specialist Physician, Certified Wound Care Nurses, and a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist. These skilled professionals are committed to providing the best care for your wound. The main contact number is (864) 454-2852

Jaime Cozier, RN, CWCN, CFCN, works with the Prisma Health Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center.


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