New hyperbaric chamber brings treatment to more patients

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Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center opened in April 2015. The Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not progressed with conventional treatments.

The Center brought in a new hyperbaric oxygen chamber in June, four chambers altogether, to care for more patients with problem wounds.

Kelvin Porter was hesitant to seek medical attention for a blister on his foot that refused to heal. “I didn’t realize it was as bad as it was,” he said. “It was a simple blister and I tried to minimize it.”

Porter was facing amputation. Our dedicated team established the absence of blood flow to his foot and being diabetic his glucose levels weren’t controlled. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

Hyperbaric treatment was an option his doctors presented to him, after reestablishing blood flow, and although he was apprehensive at first about getting into a chamber, he learned to trust the staff.

“The people who work in the Wound Care Center have been extensively trained and we have available resources through the affiliation we established with Healogics and various specialists. If you have a wound, I strongly encourage for you not to wait for a referral as time is of the essence. Time does not heal all wounds but taking the appropriate steps early on will improve the outcomes. ” said Frank Aviles, Wound Care Service Line Director for NRMC. “Our staff has had special training to work with these chambers. Our Director of Hyperbarics, Dale Jordan received his Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) certification through the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT). Others have various wound care certifications.”

NRMC Wound Care Center Director, Jamie Fontana, has been instrumental in leading this clinic in quality and outcomes. The clinic has received numerous awards with recently named in the top 3% out of approximately 800 centers nationwide.

The state-of-the-art center offers an effective means to promote healing, thereby helping to restore healthy tissue and skin.

“They are caregivers,” said Porter. “They had my best interests at heart.”

You don’t need a doctor’s referral to seek treatment at the Wound Care Center. Call 318-214-4822 today and let them take care of your wounds.