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Penrose-St. Francis Hospital adds hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 19:46:40-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Penrose-St. Francis Hospital is expanding its Wound Care Center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The patient is put in a hyperbaric chamber were they can breath 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than normal atmospheric pressure.

The pressurized oxygen pushes oxygen out of the blood vessels and into plasma, which helps the patient heal.

The treatment is mainly used for conditions like deep bone infections, or for diabetic patients who may have wounds on their feet.

"We've been a wound care, a wound healing center for years it's just now we're able to expand what we do with these hyperbaric chambers," said Wound Care Center program director, Shaina Harling.

Each session can take up to two hours.

The process can take several sessions for patients to see benefits from the treatment.
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