Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is useful for conditions including bone infections, ulcers, anemia and gangrene.
“People with diabetes and vascular disease certainly struggle with circulation to the lower extremities,” said Amanda Lausch, FNP at the JRMC Wound Center. “HBOT is an option for them. And, an option that may save their limb from amputation. That makes a huge impact on a person’s quality of life.”
JRMC is also developing treatment options for injuries like carbon monoxide poisoning and chemotherapy radiation burns.
“HBOT is a common form of therapy for firefighters, coal miners and cancer patients,” Lausch said.
Candidates for HBOT have tried other therapies without satisfactory results. Unfortunately, HBOT is often seen as a last resort and certainly shouldn’t be.
“Some wounds won’t heal even after three or four years,” she said. “Without appropriate care at a Wound Center, they may never heal.”
JRMC was the first in North Dakota to offer HBOT. After North Dakota, the nearest places to offer HBOT are Montana, Minnesota and South Dakota. In addition to geography, another barrier to care is insurance. Medicaid, Medicare and insurance companies cover HBOT in most cases, but it can still be a barrier for some patients. Patients interested in HBOT should contact the wound clinic at (701) 952- 4878.
For more information, visit www.jrmcnd.com or call 952-4878.