Specialized Wound Care for People with Diabetes

For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks, but for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem requiring specialized care. The staff at the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center offer hope to patients whose wounds have been maintained for many years without healing. The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center specializes in the treatment of problem wounds, a growing issue spurred by the aging of America. The center’s wound services offer relief from all chronic, non-healing wounds including ulcers, pressure sores, trauma wounds, burns, surgical wounds and diabetes-related wounds.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The center includes two hyperbaric chambers to better and more quickly assist injuries in healing. The program is devoted to healing problem wounds, and helping patients to reclaim their quality of life. The majority of patients who are treated do not require hyperbaric oxygen therapy; however, those who do receive the treatment, have high healing rates because the process delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.

Oxygen is the element most vital to sustaining human life. More essential than food or water, oxygen feeds the body and provides protection against a variety of harmful agents. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to complete the metabolic processes that give life and energy to everyone of us. Oxygen provides the fuel needed by the brain to function properly, and it helps the body fight off infection by boosting the immune system. This essential element gives the athlete stamina, helps the injured heal and protects everyone from environmental toxins.

Specialized Wound Care for People with DiabetesThe hyperbaric chamber provides a highly effective way to increase the volume of oxygen in the blood, thus increasing the many beneficial effects the oxygen has on the body.

How the chamber works:
. The hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air. At the same time oxygen is being pumped into the chamber.
. The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body.
. The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation.
. Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions, healthier cells equals healthier tissues, and organs

Education and Support for all patients with various types of diabetes.
The diabetes services of the center are designed to help individuals with diabetes develop and practice the self-management skills that will improve their health status and quality of life and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. Services include education/counseling support for adults and children with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes as well as treatment of diabetes- related wounds.

Patient comfort is our priority.
The focus of both the diabetes and wound services of the center is the patient and patient comfort. From the abundant parking of Bellefonte Centre to the increased-comfort of the hyperbaric chambers when compared to similar technology, the services of the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center put the patient first.

For more information on the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center, contact the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273) or e-mail careline@bshsi.org.

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