Patient Education and Options
Suggest to patient that:
- Food is here to be enjoyed.
- Variety in what we eat is healthy.
- They should eat the right amount to be a healthy weight. This will vary for age, gender, and level of activity.
- They should try not to eat too much fat, sugar, or salt.
- The diet should provide plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- Keep levels of alcohol within recommended limits.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is also available and may be an appropriate part of the treatment plan for your patient if they present with one of the following conditions:
- Gas embolism
- Gas gangrene
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Selected diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
- Osteoradionecrosis; Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
- Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
- Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
- Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a non-emergent facility during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm; Monday – Friday.