Patients at Augusta Health who need some help in healing can get a boost from oxygen.
The hospital in Fishersville will now be able to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The therapy is designed for patients with wounds that resist healing, such as diabetic ulcers, bone infections and tissue damage from radiation treatment.
Acrylic chambers supply patients with pressurized, 100 percent oxygen, which has been shown to enhance healing. Each session, also called a "dive", typically lasts about 90 minutes.
"This was developed over the years based on dive experience. We basically increase the atmospheric pressure around the patient as if they were diving underwater," said Dr. David Caulkins of Augusta Health's Wound Healing Clinic.
Doctors and nurses toured the facility on Friday, and will it go into operation on Monday.
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