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The independent guide to evidence-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including: treatment centers, physicians and clinicians, diseases and conditions treated with HBOT, and hyperbaric chamber types.
The independent guide to evidence-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including: treatment centers, physicians and clinicians, diseases and conditions treated with HBOT, and hyperbaric chamber types.

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Genesis Wound and Hyperbaric Institute publishes diabetic wound treatment case study
Today our blog features the work of this Davenport, Iowa, hyperbaric treatment center and their successful efforts to save the foot of a diabetic patient.

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The accompanying photo shows this triple-lock #hyperbaric chamber shortly after being installed at the site. It's not unusual for the building housing a large chamber to be constructed around the chamber after it is placed on a foundation.

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Many #hyperbaric programs at leading medical centers and independent clinics treat the delayed effects of radiation therapy for #cancer . The peer-reviewed journal Cancer has published results from an important study at Virginia Mason Medical Center demonstrating the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for this condition.

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The +Alzheimer's Association blog recently corrected Dr. Oz on treatment of Alzheimer's disease with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. While we wish there was better news, research to date does not support the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Alzheimer's and the HyperbaricLink Evidence Index to None for this condition. This is a case where we can only point to patient and clinical resources outside the field of hyperbaric medicine.

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We might learn more about curing Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury from the hibernation of the arctic ground squirrel. Protecting endangered species can benefit medical science.

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The XMRV / CFS controversy got a mention in NPR's Science Friday review of the top science stories of 2011. Unlike the other big news, the phony XMRV results were an epic fail. When first published, we thought the study might provide a toe-hold for doing evidenced-based research on the benefits of using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome, but as long as the cause of CFS remains elusive it will be hard to do evidence-based research into treatments.

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From Zócalo comes an excellent essay on decisions healthcare professionals make about end of life care, especially their own. The following excerpt, particularly relevant to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, illustrates how the most invasive care is not always the best:

"One of the patients of whom I was most fond was an attorney from a famous political family. She had severe diabetes and terrible circulation, and, at one point, she developed a painful sore on her foot. Knowing the hazards of hospitals, I did everything I could to keep her from resorting to surgery. Still, she sought out outside experts with whom I had no relationship. Not knowing as much about her as I did, they decided to perform bypass surgery on her chronically clogged blood vessels in both legs. This didn’t restore her circulation, and the surgical wounds wouldn’t heal. Her feet became gangrenous, and she endured bilateral leg amputations. Two weeks later, in the famous medical center in which all this had occurred, she died."

The anecdote is revealing, and the piece argues persuasively that knowledge tempers expectations.

Our thanks to Dr. Ken Murray for his excellent series of essays.

For more information on hyperbaric treatment of diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities, see: http://www.hyperbariclink.com/diseases-and-conditions/diabetic-ulcers.aspx.

#hyperbaric #diabetes #woundcare

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We've just published and updated profile for the wound care and hyperbaric medicine program at Loma Linda Medical Center (www.llumcmurrieta.org). Equipped with four modern monoplace hyperbaric chambers, the facility in Murrieta is managed by Restorix Health (www.restorix.com), an innovative provider of wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy services.

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The wound care and hyperbaric medicine program at San Jacinito Methodist Hospital (www.methodisthealth.com) is now recognized by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society as an Accredited Facility. Around 10% of hyperbaric treatment centers in the US have achieved UHMS accreditation, which requires a rigorous review of staff, equipment, operating procedures, and safety precautions.

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How prevalent are paper records and products in the hyperbaric environment? Fire considerations keep them out of monoplace chambers, but what other hard to disinfect surfaces exist in proximity to wound care patients?
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