July 27, 2017
Tri-State Announces New Hyperbaric Chamber
Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus announces new hyperbaric oxygen chamber to improve comfort and safety for patients with compromised wounds.
Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus is pleased to announce the addition of its third hyperbaric oxygen chamber to meet the ever-growing needs of our community. Workers installed the new chamber on Tuesday, July 25th and the chamber will be available for use at Tri-State Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services starting August 2017.
Weighing in at over 4,000 pounds, the new chamber offers a larger size providing increased patient comfort for a more positive treatment experience. The new chamber can hold up to 700 pounds, opposed to the 500 pound limit of Tri-State’s current chambers, and offers patient-friendly access with a lower gurney to enter the chamber directly for those with limited mobility.
“We are overjoyed to have received a grant from the Tri-State Hospital Foundation to purchase our third hyperbaric oxygen chamber” says Jonathan Scott, Director of Tri-State Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services. “Due to an increased demand for wound healing services in our community, this new chamber will allow us to serve our patients in more ways than before.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber cylinder to treat serious infections and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes, radiation injury, as well as a host of other conditions. In a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is increased to two to three times higher than normal air pressure to hyper-oxygenate cells and tissues, fight bacteria, and promote healing. A patient being treated in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber typically spends about two hours per treatment and depending on indication, can be treated for up to 40 treatments.
“Our new hyperbaric oxygen chamber is the largest single-person chamber available on the market, and offers additional safety features, providing a more comfortable treatment to a wider variety of patients” Jonathan Scott continues.
In 2016, Tri-State Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services served the community with over 3,700 wound healing and hyperbaric visits. With the addition of the new hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Tri-State is able to serve a larger population and provide maximum patient comfort and safety. The Tri-State Hospital Foundation donated the funds required to purchase the new hyperbaric oxygen chamber in an effort to fulfill the hospital’s mission of, “Your Health Is Our First Priority!”
“After learning about the healing benefits offered through hyperbaric therapy, the Foundation Board of Trustees was thrilled to cover the costs to purchase this new chamber. The Foundation looks for ways to make the patient’s experience the very best it can be at Tri-State” says Polly Knelsen, Vice President of Foundation and Community Relations.
Tri-State Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services is located on the hospital campus at 1119 Highland Avenue, Clarkston in the Medical Office Building, Suite 7. For more information about Tri-State Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services, click here.