BBC Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen - Bronson Healthcare

Published on June 01, 2012

BBC Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy plays an important role in treating acute and traumatic wounds. The key to this type of care is that it provides 100 percent pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber; the air we normally breathe is 21 percent oxygen. Quite simply, HBOT is pure oxygen that is breathed at greater than normal atmospheric pressure.

Breathing pure oxygen increases the level of oxygen in the blood stream, promoting wound healing by stimulating new vascular growth, which in turn facilitates the ‘normal’ wound healing process in compromised patients. It also aids in the preservation of damaged tissues by increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue.

That is why the Bronson Battle Creek Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is offering a physician-led presentation on Monday, June 18, about ‘Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.’

The program, to be held in the BBC Outpatient Center; will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Troy Pascoe’s presentation at 6:15 p.m. Use parking lot #4 off Emmett Street. To register, call (877) 462-2247 or visit

Dr. Pascoe will talk about the history of hyperbaric medicine, how hyperbaric oxygen therapy affects the body, and the impact hyperbaric oxygen therapy has on healing wounds. He will also make time to answer questions from the audience.

What is wound care?

A major emphasis of the center is outpatient wound care and follow-up to reduce wound deterioration and to promote wound healing. When the body's natural healing process is delayed or hindered by medical conditions such as diabetes or vascular disease, the wound becomes an ongoing problem.

There are two sets of factors that can impede the healing process—local and broader. Local factors that interfere with the healing process include pressure; a dry environment (wounds kept in a moist environment heal three to five times faster, with less pain, than those exposed to a dry environment); trauma and tissue swelling; infection; inability to control bowel and bladder function; and local tissue death.

Broader systemic factors can also impede healing at a wound site. These include age, body-build, chronic disease such as diabetes or renal failure, nutritional status, poor circulation, insufficient blood supply, and suppressed immune system.

Future topics include ‘Effects of Infection and Nutrition on Wound Healing’ on September 17, and ‘Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers’ on October 22.

Battle Creek Health System, now proudly serving southwest Michigan as Bronson Battle Creek, is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Future Topics, Dates, and Location

Monday, September 17, 2012, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Effects of Infection and Nutrition on Wound Healing

This free program offers information on non-healing wounds, bone infections, resistant strains of bacteria, and the impact of nutrition on wound healing. Also learn how to treat wounds to maintain your quality of life. Join Maria Alvarez-Krizan, MD, Wound Healing Center & Hyperbaric Medicine, as she helps you to understand how you can recognize and manage infections and your nutrition to improve healing.

  • Treatment of non-healing wounds
  • Diagnosis and treatment of infection of the bone (osteomyelitis)
  • Causes and treatment of resistant strains of bacteria (MRSA)
  • Nutrition tips to promote healing.

Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

People with diabetes face unique wound care needs. Learn more about maintaining healthy feet, including early detection and treatment options for foot ulcers by attending this free program. Join Clark Johnson, DPM, Wound Healing Center & Hyperbaric Medicine, to discuss any concerns you may have and treatment options.

  • Methods to maintain healthy feet
  • Early detection of potential foot problems
  • Treatment of diabetic foot ulcers including advanced therapies and techniques to return you to the health and mobility you deserve