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Vidant Wound Healing Center – Greenville accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society

January 19, 2016 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE-The hyperbaric medicine program at the Vidant Wound Healing Center - Greenville was recently accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The center is one of only four wound healing centers in North Carolina to obtain this distinction. 

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a treatment consisting of exposing the entire body to increased atmospheric pressure while breathing 100 percent oxygen in sessions that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out. HBO therapy is used to aid in the healing or recovery process of wounds most commonly related to diabetes, radiation injury, chronic bone infection and failed or compromised skin grafts or flaps.

According to the UHMS, this accreditation means that a facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through the rigorous evaluation of the adequacy of the facility, equipment, staff and training to ensure the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty.

“HBO accreditation shows that our wound and HBO physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and advanced treatments in wound care to eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Clinton Faulk, medical director of Vidant Wound Healing Center – Greenville. “It shows that our goal is healing wounds, providing patients with multiple options in their wound care, and limb salvage.” 

Faulk explained that HBO provides an additional option to enhance the healing process of specific treatable conditions. He added, “By accomplishing our goal of HBO accreditation, I believe it demonstrates that we strive for providing excellent patient care and services both locally and regionally.”

Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions mounted above the chamber. They remain in constant contact with trained staff outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The treatment is painless; patients may feel a slight pressure on the eardrum, similar to that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.

HBO therapy has proven to be a successful treatment option for certain types of wounds and diagnoses. Call the Greenville location at 252-847-HEAL or Ahoskie location at 252-209-3690 to make an appointment. The Ahoskie location will apply for the UHMS accreditation in the future.
Vidant also has two satellite wound healing centers at Vidant Chowan Hospital and Vidant Bertie Hospital. These centers do not offer HBO therapy, but do offer wound care services to patients in the Edenton and Windsor areas.
 
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