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Two One-Ton Oxygen Chambers Delivered to BCH

July 23, 2014

Two hyperbaric oxygen chambers weighing 1,992 pounds were delivered to Boone County Hospital (BCH) on July 22nd.  Each chamber is 9 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet in size.  The chambers are housed in the new state-of-the-art Wound and Hyperbaric Center, formerly the Wound Clinic.  In addition to the name change, the clinic has expanded and will reopen in its new area of BCH on the third floor in August and will offer top-notch technology.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols that will be offered at the center.  Others include negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.  Many of our patients will receive the same type of quality care they have received in the past.  However, up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments that are performed in the hyperbaric chambers.  The center’s physicians who are specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff will provide the treatment. 

Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.A physician’s referral is needed for wound care.  For more information, call the Wound and Hyperbaric Center at 433-8740. 

Pictured, left to right:  Wound and Hyperbaric Center staff Lesa Maring, Tara Loecker, Mary Lynn Papin, Jennifer Ritchie and Danielle Capp; missing:  Dr. Richard Unger

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