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Wound Care 101 and Hyperbaric Treatments at Mariners Hospital

The first week of November marks the start of National Diabetes Month, an annual observation designed to generate awareness about diabetes, a disease that affects millions of children and adults in the U.S. Education is the focus of this year’s campaign and wound care is an important concern for many people who have diabetes.

Wounds can be slow to heal for those with diabetes and that slow-healing condition can leave patients vulnerable to other complications. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for treating extremely chronic wounds that are not responding to conventional treatment.

During hyperbaric therapy patients breathe 100 percent oxygen in a high-pressure environment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides one or more of the following benefits:

• Increased oxygen to the injured tissue.
• Better formation of blood vessels.
• Advanced wound healing.
• Improved infection control.
• Preservation of damaged tissue.
• Elimination of toxic substances.
• Reduced effects of toxic substances.
• Reduction or elimination of tissue obstruction caused by gas bubbles.

The Baptist Health South Florida News Team met with the experts at the Hyperbaric Medicine team at Mariners Hospital. Watch now.

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