ADA — Valley View Regional Hospital has recently added a Wound Healing Center to their services, offering aid to those with chronic, non-healing wounds.

The Wound Healing Center consists of two hyperbaric chambers in which high levels of oxygen are applied to the injury.

"It's an adjunct therapy for other things that are going on with the wound," Chris Lott, Hyperbaric Oxygen Technician and Safety Director said. "It compresses oxygen below sea level and it helps diffuse it to the patient's circulatory system."

The pressure applied by the oxygen produces an increase in the amount of oxygen that is being carried by the blood, which results in more oxygen being delivered to both tissues and organs within the body. The 90 minute procedure causes no pain or discomfort.

"The success rates with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are really high," Lott said, noting that the rate is generally around the 90 percent mark. He also explained how to get recommended for the treatment.

"Their family physician or a surgeon can recommend the patient for the procedure," he said. "They can also self-refer."

Stephanie Mowdy, certified diabetic educator and clinical coordinator, explicated the process for self-referral.

"They receive an evaluation from our physician when they come in," she said. "Then there are diagnostic tests that we can perform and see if they respond to the increased oxygen. If it shows a response to that increased oxygen and receive a proper diagnosis then they are referred to the hyperbaric oxygen therapy."

With the nearest facilities that offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy located in Durant and Oklahoma City, it left local residents in need of the procedure the duty of traveling extensively, often several times a week.

"If you look at the number of patients that are in our area with a chronic non-healing wound that could benefit, you would see a needs assessment of the community," Mowdy said. "Our goal is that we access people within a sixty mile radius. We have people actually going out of Ada, which is a hardship on them, that receive the treatment.

Mowdy also explained the thorough care patients would receive when utilizing their services.

"One of the things we're able to offer is that, these patients with the chronic wounds, they've seen multiple people and it's been real fragmented care and they're able to come to a center now where it's coordinated by a physician and we're addressing all aspects," she said.

"We're not putting salve on top of the wound, we're looking at 'Are they getting enough oxygen? Are they getting proper nutrition? Are they controlling their blood sugar?' how we can meet those needs of the patient."

Wound Healing Center hosts its official grand opening Friday, Jan. 27.

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