OCEANSIDE, January 17 – Tri-City Medical Center recently accepted its first patients at the newly opened Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, making it one of the few in the county to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat patients with non-healing wounds.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) delivers high concentrations of oxygen in a pressurized chamber to accelerate the healing of wounds and infections. The most common wounds that benefit from this type of therapy include chronic, non-healing wounds, diabetic foot wounds, compromised skin graphs and flaps, and pressure ulcers.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Tri-City Medical Center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers that will be used to treat patients with various difficult-to-heal wounds. “This new Center meets a significant need in our community with an approach that utilizes state-of-the-art technology and physician oriented, evidence-based practice focused on treatment, education, prevention and the healing of wounds,” said Vernon Pertelle, senior director & assistant vice president, Tri-City Medical Center.
“The creation of the Center allows for the use of a multi-disciplinary medical team approach to treat patients who have these unique wounds and sores,” Pertelle said. “This creates a one-stop center for the patient, who can stay in this community and receive state-of-the-art treatment from a variety of specialists,” he added. The team consists of a panel of physicians who are specialists in the fields of interventional radiology, vascular surgery, general surgery, infectious disease, emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, podiatric medicine & surgery, endocrinology, internal medicine and nutrition, pulmonary medicine; certified wound nurses and hyperbaric oxygen therapy technicians.
There is a rise in the nation and more importantly San Diego County, of patients with difficult-to-heal wounds. “By combining physician specialists with specialized nurses, allied health personnel and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we will be able to provide the entire spectrum of advanced wound care,” said Paul Haydu, M.D., a certified wound specialist and medical director for wound care at the Center.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy serves as an important adjunctive therapy to assist in the healing of various hard-to-heal wounds. HBOT is a means of providing 100% oxygen to the tissues of a person’s body, in contrast to the air we breathe that is comprised of only 21% oxygen. This increased oxygen delivery furthers the body’s ability to kill germs and increase healing. Patients are placed inside a pressurized chamber for a prescribed period of time, which increases the level of oxygen delivered to the tissues and augments wound healing and repair.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is located in North San Diego County, directly across the street from Tri-City Medical Center, at 161 Thunder Dr., Suite 112, in Vista, California. The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is a department of Tri-City Medical Center.