Community members who suffer from chronic non-healing wounds, carbon monoxide poisoning, certain infections or other illnesses and injuries will benefit from St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) program. In conjunction with the Wound Healing Center – but not limited to these patients – we have proudly opened a brand new HBOT center, where you will not be disappointed by the high level of attention and care that you have come to expect from St. John’s Riverside Hospital.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a daily treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen 2-3 times greater than normal atmospheric pressure while in a hyperbaric chamber. This treatment results in an increase of 10-15 times in plasma oxygen concentration. This oxygen rich plasma is able to travel past restriction up to 3 times further in the body allowing it to reach low-oxygen areas, i.e. damaged tissue. The pressurized environment within the hyperbaric chamber helps to reduce swelling and discomfort, while providing the body with at least 10 times its normal supply of oxygen to help repair damaged tissues.
According to recent research Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be helpful for diabetes related wounds, as it can reduce the risks of health complications by healing wounds faster than usual. Diabetics are prone to have chronic wounds that take a long time to heal or do not heal. Diabetes related wounds are often associated with poor blood circulation. One characteristic of chronic wounds is that the wound tissues are hypoxic (have low oxygen levels). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment designed to increase the supply of oxygen to wounds that are not responding to other treatments. Research has shown hyperbaric treatments improve the chance of healing in the short term (up to six weeks) and may reduce the size of wounds among diabetic patients when used in conjunction with other wound healing treatments.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
Correct Tissue hypoxia (low oxygen levels)
Mobilize and stimulate increase of stem cells
Increased effectiveness of antibiotics
Increases the body’s ability to fight infection
Supports growth of new blood vessels
Stimulates collagen production speeding up the wound healing process
What to expect at your Hyperbaric treatments
You will meet with one of our accredited hyperbaric physicians to ensure that HBOT is the right treatment for you. After consulting with the physician, a trained hyperbaric staff member will meet with you to discuss in detail about your treatment. We will cover topics such as safety, nutrition, logistics and scheduling. You will be given special clothing to wear for your treatments. You may experience a “popping” sensation in your ears, similar to when you fly in an airplane, during the compression and decompression of the chamber. Temperature inside the chamber can be controlled for patient comfort. Inside the hyperbaric chamber, you will be lying on a padded gurney and be able to watch cable television. A trained staff member is at your side at all times and you have constant communication available via a microphone.
Indications for use (as approved by Medicare)*
Acute Carbon monoxide intoxication Decompression Illness
Gas embolism Gas Gangrene
Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia Crush Injuries
Progressive necrotizing infections Acute peripheral aerial insufficiency
Compromised skin grafts and flaps Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
Osteoradionecrosis Soft tissue radionecrosis
Cyanide poisoning Acitinomycosis
Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
• other indications may be approved through third party insurances.
Personal lockers are available for our patients use and St. John’s always offers free valet parking.
For more information about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment, please contact: (914) 798-8981
Or call our Physician Referral Service at (914) 964-4DOC (4362) for a recommended doctor.