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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 07, 2011
Contact: Leanna Cherry

Publications Specialist

(516) 663-2234

lcherry@winthrop.org


WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL’S WOUND HEALING CENTER AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE PROGRAM EARN UHMS ACCREDITATION



The Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Winthrop-University Hospital has been awarded accreditation for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

Accreditation is only awarded to those facilities that undergo an expert evaluation of their commitment to staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, maintenance, facility and patient safety and standards of care. What’s more, over 1,600 individual standards must be successfully met in order to earn accreditation.

“Accreditation by the UHMS signifies Winthrop’s commitment to patient safety and upholding the highest performance standards when treating patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy,” said Scott Gorenstein, MD, FACEP, Clinical Director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Winthrop. “We are pleased to earn the UHMS’s seal of approval.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been in use for many years to treat wounds that have resisted standard wound care, including diabetic leg and foot ulcers, wounds that have been skin grafted and not healed completely, those caused by radiation therapy, and wounds with serious infections, such as osteomyelitis.

During HBOT treatment, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater than normal atmospheric pressure. Inhaling the pure oxygen allows greater amounts of oxygen (up to five times over what is possible while breathing oxygen at sea level pressure) to be absorbed into the bloodstream and then carried to body tissues that need improved healing. Wound healing is “jump started” by the consistent delivery of pure oxygen to the affected site(s), encouraging the growth of new blood vessels within the wound and eliminating certain poisons that hampered previous treatments while improving the body's response to infection.

Coordinated through Winthrop’s Wound Healing Center, a typical course of HBOT requires approximately 20 to 30 consecutive daily treatments. A trained technician places each patient in the hyperbaric chamber and monitors the entire session. Each patient’s care is also evaluated throughout treatment by a physician. There is no discomfort associated with the treatment, and patients can rest, watch TV or sleep during treatment.

As a major regional healthcare provider, Winthrop provides comprehensive care to its patients. The creation of a multidisciplinary Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Winthrop is a welcome extension of the Hospital’s commitment to providing a complete complement of care to the community.

For additional information about the Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Winthrop, please call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

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