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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
One of only a few locations in Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy which can activate the body’s ability to repair itself, dramatically improving wounds where the healing process has stalled. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is most commonly used in the treatment of patients who are experiencing:
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Many wounds fail to heal because damaged tissues receive too little oxygen for the body to repair itself. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers 100 percent oxygen to the wound at increased pressure, which increases the amount of oxygen being carried by the blood. The result is more oxygen being delivered to the organs and tissues in the body, enhancing the benefits of certain antibiotics, activating white blood cells to fight infection, and promoting the healing process.
Abbott Northwestern has three chambers in which the therapy is administered. A chamber is a clear, acrylic vessel that a patient lies in comfortably during his or her treatment.
Typically, a patient will receive the hyperbaric oxygen therapy for approximately 90 minutes each day, five days a week for a period of six weeks. Patients may choose to watch a personal TV monitor or take a nap during their treatment. All chambers are monitored closely by certified hyperbaric physicians and supervisors who can communicate with the patient at any point during the session.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is offered in Abbott Northwestern’s Wound Clinic, located on the fourth floor of the Main Hospital.