Given that wound care management is an essential element of nursing home care protocols, the industry is beginning to look to technology to assist in this constant war on wounds. One technology which is not new to healthcare but emerging as a treatment modality in nursing homes is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Currently, Medicare approves the treatment of 15 conditions to include diabetic wounds, radiation tissue damage, osteomyelitis refractory, skin grafts and flaps, necrotizing soft tissue infections, crush injuries, acute traumatic ischemias, air or gas embolisms, carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, decompression sickness, severe anemia, and cyanide poisoning. A paradigm shift needs to take place in the nursing home industry. The technology is available to make 21st-century wound care available in the long-term care setting.
Nursing home wound care: The case for hyperbaric medicine Mary Pat Finn Long-Term Living; May 2009; 58, 5; Docstoc pg. 24 Reproduced with
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