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Devices Wound Care

 News Release - October 17, 2006

Detroit Receiving Offers Michigan's First Hospital-Based Hyperbaric Wound Care Program

18-Person Chamber is Largest in Michigan

DETROIT, Oct. 17 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Detroit Receiving announced today the launch of its new Hyperbaric Wound Care program. The program utilizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT is used for disorders associated with various medical conditions, including diabetic ulcers and other non-healing wounds, necrosis of soft tissue and bone due to radiation treatments, gas gangrene and more. HBOT is successful as an adjunctive treatment for many medical conditions, and is recognized as such by the American Medical Association, Medicare, and many commercial insurers.

"This state-of-the-art chamber is the largest in Michigan," said Stephen Guthrie, M.D., HBOT program director. "With its 18-person capacity, the chamber will enhance our clinical care capabilities and also offers significant research applications."

HBOT is a non-invasive, painless, high-oxygen-pressure course of treatment. While the average daily atmosphere is approximately 20 percent oxygen, hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides a 100 percent oxygen atmosphere.

Inside the chamber, pure oxygen is administered at an air pressure two to three times higher than that of the external atmosphere. As the patient breathes normally, this higher pressure forces pure oxygen into the bloodstream, increasing blood flow and creating new blood vessels. This increased oxygen delivery to all tissues improves the ability of the white blood cells to kill bacteria and helps boost the body's own natural healing process.

Detroit Receiving Hospital is no stranger to hyperbaric medicine, having housed single-person hyperbaric chambers in its burn center since 1998. Detroit Receiving is the first hospital in Michigan to offer HBOT as an effective treatment for burns, smoke inhalation and a variety of medical conditions on a 24/7 basis.

To learn more about Receiving's Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Wound Care program, please visit: http://www.drhuhc.org/services/oxygen_therapy .

Detroit Receiving Hospital, Michigan's first Level I Trauma Center, is an adult specialty hospital offering expertise in emergency medicine, complex trauma, critical care, neuroscience and gerontology. As the region's leader in emergency medicine, Receiving's emergency department treats more than 85,000 patients annually, and nearly 60 percent of Michigan's emergency physicians are trained at Receiving. Receiving also features the state's largest burn center, Michigan's first hospital-based 24/7 hyperbaric oxygen therapy program, and Metro Detroit's first certified primary stroke center.

Detroit Receiving Hospital is one of nine hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock.


Source: Detroit Receiving Hospital

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