Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Fight Diabetic Non-Healing Wounds Lying Down

Date:
October 6, 2009
Source:
LifeBridge Health
Summary:
More than 18-million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, have diabetes. Unfortunately, when someone becomes diabetic, chronic non-healing wounds often develop, most often in the legs and feet. These wounds can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening. There are many types of treatments. One of the most painless and successful is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

More than 18-million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Related Articles


Unfortunately, when someone becomes diabetic, chronic non-healing wounds often develop, most often in the legs and feet. These wounds can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening.

There are many types of treatments. One of the most painless and successful is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized medical treatment inside a pressurized chamber, in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressure.

The Center for Wound Care at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland uses HBOT to treat stubborn, non-healing diabetic ulcers.

When the oxygen, which is delivered into the bloodstream, it helps fight certain infections and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, which generally improves circulation.

“Patients receiving HBOT can see dramatic results as early as two weeks from the start of treatment. “Another big benefit is that this therapy is noninvasive,” says Alan S. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S, director of the Center for Wound Care and HBOT at Northwest Hospital. “If standard wound therapies prove to be inadequate within a certain time frame, HBOT should be considered and can be done at the same time patients are receiving other treatment.”

Once the patient is comfortably positioned inside the HBOT chamber, air pressure is gradually increased.

A patient may experience fullness in the ears as a result. However, a technician instructs him or her about how to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort.

Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. During this time, patients watch TV or videos, relax or sleep.

In addition to treating diabetic wounds, HBOT also treats osteomyelitis, post-radiation complications and compromised skin flaps, among other things.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by LifeBridge Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

LifeBridge Health. "Fight Diabetic Non-Healing Wounds Lying Down." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 October 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006120218.htm>.
LifeBridge Health. (2009, October 6). Fight Diabetic Non-Healing Wounds Lying Down. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006120218.htm
LifeBridge Health. "Fight Diabetic Non-Healing Wounds Lying Down." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006120218.htm (accessed October 30, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Fauci Says Ebola Risk in US "essentially Zero"

Fauci Says Ebola Risk in US "essentially Zero"

AP (Oct. 30, 2014) NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said the risk of Ebola becoming an epidemic in the U.S. is essentially zero Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. He also said an Ebola vaccine will be tested in West Africa in the next few months. (Oct. 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

AP (Oct. 30, 2014) A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for an hour-long bike ride. (Oct. 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Microsoft Launches Fitness Band After Accidental Reveal

Microsoft Launches Fitness Band After Accidental Reveal

Newsy (Oct. 30, 2014) Microsoft accidentally revealed its upcoming fitness band on Wednesday, so the company went ahead and announced it. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Bracing to Meet a Killer: Aid Workers Prep for Ebola in Geneva

Bracing to Meet a Killer: Aid Workers Prep for Ebola in Geneva

AFP (Oct. 30, 2014) At the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, around 30 doctors, nurses, lab technicians and water and sanitation workers are gathered for a crash-course in how to safely deal Ebola. Duration: 01:31 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins