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Renown announces hyperbaric oxygen therapy



renown_brochure_091006_b-45Renown Health announces the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a medical treatment used to enhance the body’s natural healing process and strengthen the immune system. Renown Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will operate in partnership with Nevada Hyperbarics, Inc., a regional leader with 10 years of experience in treating patients with successful outcomes.

Renown Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy operates in conjunction with Renown Health Wound & Ostomy Care – the region’s oldest and largest wound care center. All treatments are performed by a specially trained team of certified hyperbaric technologists, led by Janet Albright, M.D., FACS, medical director and Howard Chen, M.D., supervising physician.

About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered in a total body chamber where patients breathe 100 percent oxygen at pressures greater than sea level atmospheric pressure (the air we breathe contains only 21 percent oxygen). This allows for a higher concentration of oxygen to enhance the healing of tissues in the body. Approved by the American Medical Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this form of therapy has been used for more than 30 years as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions.

Potential benefits of increased levels of oxygen in the blood include increased oxygen delivery to injured tissues, greater blood vessel formation, improved wound healing, reduced swelling and reduced risk of infection. The therapy is currently approved by the FDA to treat 14 conditions, including radiation tissue damage, non-healing wounds, bone infections, traumatic crush injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning and compromised skin grafts.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment. Patients watch TV, listen to music or simply rest during their therapy sessions. Sessions average approximately 90 minutes, however an additional 30 minutes is recommended for preparation and departure. A physician certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy develops and discusses an individualized therapy plan with each patient prior to initiating treatment. The number of treatments depends on each patient’s specific injury, illness or condition.

“The addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Renown will greatly benefit a variety of patients, especially those with non-healing wounds” said Janet Albright, M.D., FACS, medical director of Renown Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. “This form of treatment has proven successful for people who are recovering from a range of illnesses or injuries.”

Renown Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy includes five oxygen chambers and will be located at Renown Regional Medical Center in the Center for Advanced Medicine B, Suite 104. It will begin seeing patients Thursday, July 1. People interested in finding out more can contact 775-982-4268 or go to www.renown.org/hyperbarics.

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