Wound Healing
 

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  • Infection Control
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen
  • Skin Grafting
  • Protection Devices
  • Patient Education
  • Nutritional Counseling

Information

This new program at UCLA has a state of the art 18 patient Hyperbaric chamber.  The main chamber is 8 feet in diameter by 26 feet long with comfortable chair seating for 12 patients or is able to handle several patients lying down on bunks or on gurneys.  The smaller chamber is 8 feet in diameter by 16 feet long and can seat 6 patients or 2 patients lying on gurneys.  A third chamber, in between the above two, is used for transferring in equipment or personnel such as a physician or nurse if the need arises.  Patients are always accompanied during the treatment with a Hyperbaric trained "tender" who assists them with the breathing equipment, keeps the chamber inside temperature comfortable and attends to the patients' needs.

A typical "wound treatment" protocol is a daily treatment breathing 100% oxygen in the chamber for 100 minutes at 2.36 atmospheres absolute of pressure.   During the Hyperbaric treatment patients wear either an oxygen mask or more commonly the large, clear, plastic "space helmet."  Patients can read magazines, play cards, chat or sleep while receiving their treatment.  Wound care and dressing changes are done at least daily and we track the progress of healing with weekly wound photography. Patients on the above wound protocol receive 30-50 treatments over 6-10 weeks.