Center Recently Installed New Hyperbaric Chambers for Better Individual Patient Satisfaction
St. Vincent has announced that its Wound Healing Center has received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS accreditation means St. Vincent has met or exceeded the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of its operations, including equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. St. Vincent’s Wound Healing Center, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is only the second hospital in the state to receive this distinction.
Participating in the UHMS accreditation program is voluntary and takes months of preparation. The UHMS team of physicians, nurses, technicians and management worked together prior to the accreditation survey to ensure the facility’s compliance with UHMS-related standards of practice and safety measures. The UHMS and its accredited facilities share the vision of helping facilities succeed in the field of hyperbaric medicine.
The St. Vincent Wound Healing Center offers treatment for a host of conditions, such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, non-healing traumatic injuries and other chronic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is used to treat many of these conditions. It uses a special chamber, frequently called a pressure chamber to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The oxygen pressure within the chamber is about two and a half times greater than normal atmospheric pressure and helps the blood carry more oxygen to tissues and organs within the body. This can help wounds and infections heal more quickly. Patients are awake for the treatments, which last for 90-120 minutes at each session. Patients rest comfortably on the stretcher and are able to watch television, a DVD or listen to music.
Recently, St. Vincent retired two of its hyperbaric chambers after more than 10 years of service and replaced them with new state-of-the-art therapy chambers. The new chambers are larger in diameter, which can accommodate bariatric patients, have clear enclosures to help ease claustrophobia, allow patients improved comfort control and are better equipped to suit each individual patient.
“Our staff prides itself on treating patients with wounds that have not responded to other forms of treatment,” said Dr. Tracey Ikerd, Medical Director. “The addition of the new hyperbaric chambers and recent accreditation sets us apart in quality and safety from other centers across the country,” added Dr. Ikerd.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at St. Vincent’s Wound Healing Center, call 317-338-9000. For more information about the UHMS and why accreditation is important visit uhms.org.
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About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org.