Programs and Services
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The Key to Healing Faster
At its two facilities, HyOx Medical Treatment Center administers hyperbaric oxygen therapy with the end result in mind: healing. Knowing chronic conditions and injuries take their toll on quality of life, HyOx takes life’s key ingredient — oxygen (O2) — and prescribes it as a drug with a customized treatment protocol designed for each patient.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy used as an adjunctive therapy can:
- Accelerate healing of chronic wounds
- Reduce blood flow into normal tissue while keeping it well oxygenated (decrease swelling)
- Fight infection and cause certain antibiotics to work more effectively
- Encourage growth of new blood vessels in hypoxic tissues
- Decrease the risk of complications prior to and following certain surgeries
- Speed the recovery of soft tissues and bones affected by radiation therapy
- Reduce the incidence of amputation in diabetic patients with lower extremity wounds
HyOx provides care for the following wound-related conditions if requested by the referring specialist:
- Open, non-healing wounds
- Wound infections
- Peri-wound maceration
- Decreased or absent: granulation tissue, sensation, protective sensation
- Non-viable tissue in wound bed
- Friction or shear
Rehabilitation Services NW Atlanta (Marietta) only
Rehabilitation is a treatment designed to facilitate a patient’s recovery time from injury, illness, or disease. HyOx offers both physical and respiratory therapy to patients as an adjunct treatment.
Integrated Physical Therapy and Wound Care
HyOx Medical Treatment Center’s collaborative, multi-disciplinary team approach to rehabilitation offers integrated physical therapy and wound care services to simultaneously promote wound healing and optimize functional mobility:
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Mobility retraining
- Balance retraining
- Range of motion
- Off-loading devices
- Gait training
- Positioning and positioning devices
- Neuromuscular re-evaluation
- Therapeutic exercises and activities
- Compression therapy
HyOx has a respiratory therapist on staff to provide hyperbaric care and assist the physician with patient evaluations. If needed, the therapists administer aerosol treatments, perform pulmonary function screening, and pulse oximetry testing.
Social Services NW Atlanta (Marietta) only
Social services offered by HyOx’s social worker/case manager vary according to patient needs. From helping a patient adjust to their impairment to providing community agencies and resources that can help, the extent of information is dictated by the extent of the patient’s need. Some patients require transportation assistance; others need help filing disability papers for healthcare coverage. Social services helps fill the healthcare gap to meet patients at the point of their most urgent need.
The physiology of diving makes it a physically demanding activity. It’s prudent for divers to get examined to ensure their medical condition won’t interfere with safe diving. There are certain ailments that may disqualify a diving candidate from becoming certified or to continue diving. For many divers, especially with pre-existing conditions, a mandatory physical examination is recommended.
Atlanta dive physicals conducted by HyOx’s board certified Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine physicians includes:
- Medical history
- Complete physical exam with emphasis on neurological and otological components
- Respiratory evaluation
- Other procedures deemed necessary by HyOx’s board-certified physicians
Services outsourced to hospital:
- Hemoglobin or hematocrit
- Chest x-ray
HyOx Medical Treatment Center’s clinical and technical team members are available to conduct presentations and customized workshops for patients, medical practices, divers, case managers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) interested in learning more about hyperbaric medicine. Special sessions can be scheduled at HyOx’s facilities, affording participants an opportunity to tour the chamber and experience a simulated hyperbaric treatment.
Nutritional counseling is provided throughout a patient’s treatment to make certain their body is fully equipped for wound healing. As part of the initial patient consultation, blood work is ordered to determine the patient’s nutritional health, including electrolyte and protein levels. Protein malnutrition is common in patients at risk for chronic wounds.
Patients are given a list of vitamins important for wound healing prior to treatment as well as antioxidant vitamins E, C, and Beta Carotene (a form of vitamin A) to take during the hyperbaric chamber treatment. Antioxidants are involved in preventing cellular damage. Controlling blood glucose levels is important to diabetic patients since white blood cells function poorly if levels are high.