Delivering Oxygen to Injured Tissue
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital offers the only hospital-based Hyperbaric Oxygen Center in the San Francisco area. The center is staffed with specialized hyperbaric medicine physicians, as well as a hyperbaric certified registered nurse and hyperbaric technician. Through our partnership with Saint Francis, St. Mary’s Advanced Wound Healing - Amputation Prevention center offers this highly effective treatment for patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen?
Therapy Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. It involves breathing 100 percent oxygen at a pressure of about two and half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds, essentially healing them from the inside out. HBOT sessions last about two hours, in chambers that resemble a reclining bed encased in a roomy acrylic shell. Patients can nap, listen to music, or watch television or movies while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. HBOT is safe and painless; most patients report that the only sensation they feel is a slight pressure on the eardrum, similar to when a plane lands.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Department
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Department provides advanced treatment for decompression sickness, gas gangrene, crush injuries and chronic non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved with conventional treatments. Chronic wounds associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. Typically a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Certain non-healing wounds such as venous, radiation-induced, compromised skin grafts, to name a few, may qualify for advanced therapy.
Simple, Effective Treatment to Help the Healing Process
That's where our team can help. Saint Francis provides state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. It is a simple but effective treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to your bloodstream which helps increase your body's own natural wound-healing abilities.
It also helps fight certain types of infections, improves circulation and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Therapy is administrated daily, and the number of treatments are individualized for every patient's diagnosis.
A Safe, Comfortable Procedure
The chamber has clear sides through which the patient can see their surroundings. Each chamber is equipped with a television for viewing videos and DVDs. Inside the chamber , the pressure is gradually increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. The pressure may cause fullness in the patient's ears, that can be relieved with certain techniques. Treatment sessions may last two hours and many patients simply relax or even sleep while receiving this beneficial therapy.
Are You a Candidate for Hyperbaric Therapy?
If you suffer from chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician about a referral to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program at Saint Francis, or you may contact us directly for an assessment. If you are a candidate for the outpatient program, the staff will immediately work with you and your physician to deliver the following:
- State-of-the-art treatment led by board-certified hyperbaric physicians
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of hyperbaric specialists
- Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to nutrition and hygiene
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctors so that you each remain informed about your progress.
For more information, contact (415) 353-6700
900 Hyde Street, 5th Floor, Suite 514
San Francisco, CA 94109
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Mon - Fri)