The Hyperbaric Center
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Des Moines, Iowa 50309
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2) is a treatment in which patients breathe 100% oxygen while inside a hyperbaric treatment chamber as the pressure is increased two to three times greater than normal atmospheric pressure; thus increasing the oxygen level in the blood and tissues.
Some detailed diagnoses that would involve HBO2 are:
- Actinomycosis -- (rare anaerobic bacterial infection) only as an adjunct to convetional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment
- Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO)
- Acute Peripheral Arterial insufficiency
- Acute Traumatic Peripheral Ischemia
- Arterial Gas Embolism
- Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management for at least 3 to 6 months
- Clostridial Gas Gangrene
- Crush Injuries and Suturing of Severed Limbs
- Cyanide Poisoning
- Decompression Sickness
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremitities in patients who meet the following critieria:
- Patient has Type I or Type II Diabetes and has lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes;
- Patient has a wound classified as Wagner Grade III or highter; and
- Patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.
- Osteoradionecrosis (loss of bone from radiation)
- Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts (not for primary management of wounds) or wounds that have had previously failed grafts.
- Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
- Radiation injured tissue; patient is having surgery in radiated area, teeth extraction or oral surgery
- Soft tissue radio-necrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment; non-healing wounds
What type of Hyperbaric Chamber does Iowa Methodist have?
Iowa Methodist Medical Center has two of the largest monoplane chambers in the state of Iowa. The Perry Sigma Plus chambers are a clear "see through" chamber that allows a patient to sit up or lie down while sleeping, watching TV or conversing with staff. The chamber can accommodate a parent and child if necessary or two adults that have been exposed to carbon monoxide.