Legacy Emanuel offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy; installs the largest multi-place hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber in Oregon
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has opened a multi-place hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the largest in Oregon. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one method used to treat difficult-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, radiation therapy and other conditions. This chamber can accommodate up to 12 patients at a time. The others in the state are mono-chambers.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is our newest option for treating wounds that don’t heal with standard approaches,” says Lori Morgan, M.D., MBA, Legacy Emanuel’s chief administrative officer. “We offer excellent wound care services and this is just one more treatment option we can offer patients.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy complements Legacy Emanuel’s current wound care practices and will be used in the treatment of a broad range of acute and chronic wounds. These include traumatic injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, burns, ischemic flaps/grafts, radiation-damaged tissue or bone and chronic bone infections. During the treatment, patients breathe pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber through a clear plastic hood or mask, in daily 90 minute sessions over 20-30 sessions.
“Oxygen under pressure acts like a drug when it dissolves into the blood,” explains Enoch Huang, M.D., program medical director for Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Healing for Legacy Emanuel and Oregon’s only fellowship-trained, board-certified hyperbaric physician.
“This helps speed cell repair and form new blood vessels, which in turn assists in the healing of wounds. Repeated exposure to pressurized oxygen gives a lifeline to ischemic tissue, boosts the effects of some antibiotics, activates white blood cells to fight certain infections, reduces tissue swelling, and promotes the healing process of specific chronic wounds.”
Hyperbaric medicine services are a component of Legacy Emanuel’s extensive wound care services and will be used to treat both adult and pediatric patients. It will initially be available only during outpatient business hours but eventually will operate 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week. Legacy Health is partnering with OxyHeal Group, a national provider of hyperbaric technology. Photos: Legacy Health