It's only been a few months since The Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center had its grand opening, but it's already leaving a positive impression on patients. With two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers, the Wound Healing Center is able to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a medical treatment.
HBOT is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of pure oxygen in a total body chamber, where the atmospheric pressure is then increased and controlled. The treatment is used to treat chronic wounds that have not had success with conservative therapy, such as common wound treatments.
He also went on to explain that the treatment had been perfected by the United States Navy to prevent divers from getting a deadly condition known as "the bends," a condition caused by nitrogen bubbles in the blood as a result of coming up from diving too quickly. It was later found to also treat chronic wounds. Dr. Cooksey stated that The Wound Care Center actually still uses the U.S. Navy manual on how to use hyperbaric treatments, but they use it for wound care.
Dr. Robbie Cooksey, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, explained that the treatments are administered inside of a tank. Inside of the tank is a bed inside of a heavy glass cylinder. Pure oxygen is then pumped inside of the tank then the oxygen is compressed with approximately 2.5 atmospheres of pressure.
One round of treatment is actually 30 treatments in 30 days, and according to Big Spring resident, Linda, that can be a committment of time and travel. Linda's mother is a wound care patient who is treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Her mother had only completed 8 of the 30 treatments when we spoke to her, but Linda says she can already see a difference in the wound size on her foot and that it appears to be healing from the inside out.
Linda says that they are pleased with the treatment that her mother has received and the staff treat her mother very well. "I'm tickled to death that I don't have to drive to Midland or Lubbock everyday for 30 days just to get her treatments done!"
Photo: Dr. Robbie Cooksey stands between the two hyperbaric oxygen chambers inside of The Wound Care Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.