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UR Medicine Wound Healing Center Earns National Accreditation for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Jul. 10, 2014

UR Medicine’s Strong Wound Healing Center is the first Rochester-area provider to earn full accreditation for hyperbaric oxygen therapy from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

The Center, which expanded two years ago to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy to its offerings, has earned the Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine Facility accreditation from UHMS, an international association of providers, scientists and associates focused on research, science and medicine related to hyperbaric medicine. Of more than approximately 1,000 centers in the U.S., only 141 are currently UHMS accredited.

The Strong Wound Healing Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as an advanced therapy for specific medical conditions. It has two hyperbaric chambers, with capacity to add chambers as demand for HBOT grows.

Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

HBOT is a safe treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. By quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, HBOT heals from the inside out. It can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is effective in treating diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, necrotizing infection, acute peripheral arterial insufficiency, compromised skin grafts and flaps, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, and delayed radiation injury including soft tissue and bony necrosis.

Accreditation for clinical hyperbaric treatment is voluntary, though some health insurers are requiring their patients to choose accredited facilities. To earn accreditation, a center must undergo a rigorous survey that reviews all staffing, equipment, and quality care aspects of HBOT. The center also must have HBOT technicians and nurses certified in hyperbaric medicine.

“We are pleased to have achieved this accreditation as it not only validates the safe, high quality of care we provide at the center but also reinforces the medical excellence that patients can expect from UR Medicine,” said Howard N. Langstein, M.D., medical director for the Strong Wound Healing Center. The Center offers comprehensive wound care to manage chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions. Non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes and are associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility.

Of those in the U.S. with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds that can have a major impact on patients’ quality of life. If not aggressively treated, these wounds can lead to amputations, often triggering a downward spiral that leads to disability or death.

In 2012, Strong partnered with Healogics, the world’s largest wound care management company, to expand and relocate its wound center from the hospital’s ambulatory care facility to its current site at 160 Sawgrass Drive in Rochester. For information about the Strong Wound Healing Center, please call (585) 262-9100.

Formed in 1967, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is an international nonprofit association of more than 2,500 members, including physicians, scientists and nurses. UHMS is an important source of scientific and medical information pertaining to hyperbaric medicine involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diving.