Riley Hospital expands its Wound Healing Center with second hyperbaric chamber

By Staff
HEAVY LOAD Steve Allain, right, program director of the Wound Healing Center at Riley Hospital, watches Thursday as Rick McQueen, center, a truck driver for North American Van Lines, and Danny Hudson, with Sechrist Industries, unload a one-ton hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the Riley Hospital Annex parking lot. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 30, 2004
The wound healing center at Riley Hospital received a one-ton hyperbaric oxygen chamber on Thursday.
The chambers, commonly called HBOs, are used to treat chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, and other wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
The chamber delivered Thursday is the second one for the center, which opened in November of 2002.
Steve Nichols, CEO of Riley Hospital, said diabetics and the elderly are most at risk at having wounds that fail to heal. He said at their worst, chronic wounds can lead to amputation.
Hyperbaric chambers work by surrounding a patient with 100 percent oxygen from 90 minutes to two hours at a time, at a higher than normal atmospheric pressure. The increase of oxygen increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, which allows red blood cells to pass more easily through plasma and into wounds to heal them.
Steve Allain is the program director of the Wound Healing Center.

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