Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Delivered to Pella Regional
PELLA, Iowa— Two hyperbaric oxygen chambers weighing 1,992 pounds were delivered to Pella Regional Health Center March 7. Each chamber is 9 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet in size. The chambers are housed in the new state-of-the-art Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine area opening in April. Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will be located within the newly renovated section of the hospital at the corner of Jefferson and Hazel streets.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the advanced treatment practices and protocols that will be offered. Others include negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics. Many patients will receive the same type of quality care they have received in the past. However, up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments that are performed in the hyperbaric chambers.
Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.