MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has opened an expanded center to treat chronic wounds with a procedure where patients are placed in oxygen chambers.
The Wound Healing Center at the hospital has four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers that expose patients to 100 percent pure oxygen - nearly five times that found in air - and pressure that is two to three times atmospheric pressure.
The process accelerates tissue formation that helps wounds heal more quickly.
More than 8 million people in the United States suffer from chronic wounds that don't heal well because of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy.
Doctors at the wound center will treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, radiation injuries to soft tissue and bone, compromised skin grafts and flaps, burns, and other wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
Good Samaritan Hospital first opened the Wound Center 2000, adding one oxygen chamber the next year. The updated center will include three new chambers making it the largest in the area, the hospital said. The 4,450-square-foot center is about twice the size of the old facility.
Other features of the new facility are overhead lifts to move patients from wheelchairs, televisions mounted above the chambers and mattresses that allow for pressure distribution.
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