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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oklahoma Wound Center Hyperbaric Chambers

The Oklahoma Wound Center has four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? It is a treatment involves the patient breathing in 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The increased oxygen in the bloodstream delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the wound which aids healing by stimulating angiogenesis, correcting ischemia, and antibacterial effects.

What is this treatment like for the patient? Patients will be prescribed a course of treatments by the hyperbaric physician. This is usually 20 – 40 treatments (or longer depending on the diagnosis) of 90 to 120 minutes each treatment. Patients lie in an enclosed chamber and can watch television or movies, communicate with the staff, drink water, or nap during the treatment. It is not painful.

Certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) Technicians

Oklahoma Wound Center’s certified HBO technicians are: (from left to right) Jack Ames, CHT, Safety Director; Arika Tate, RN, CHT, Clinical Nurse Manager; Anna Stanphill, LPN, CHT; Mark Shelby, LPN, CHT; Cori Gilmore, LPN, CHT; and Maegen Dover, RN, CHT, Lead Case Manager.

Norman Regional's Oklahoma Wound Center is home to six certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) Technicians!

These individuals administer hyperbaric and oxygen therapy to patient as prescribed by a hyperbaric physician. In addition to passing the online exam, certification by the American Board of Wound Healing requires a minimum of 500 hours of clinical wound care training and active practice experience per year for the previous two years, completion of at least 10 hours of wound care training and education during the previous two years, and completion of set core competencies in wound care.