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Since 2001, the UHMS has had a clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program. Participation in the program is voluntary and facilities that participate must demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety. When a hyperbaric oxygen center is invited to participate in the accreditation survey process, the UHMS sends a team of experts to the facility to examine staffing and training; equipment installation; operation and maintenance; facility and patient safety; and standards of care.
“Receiving recognition by voluntarily participating in this process is a testament to the high quality wound care available at our facility,” said Brian Paterick, M.D., medical director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center. “For referring physicians, it means we are available when they have patients with chronic, slow healing wounds. For patients, it means our dedicated team of medical professionals is able to provide consultations and treatment while focusing on patient safety and satisfaction.”
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers surround a patient with 100 percent oxygen at a higher than normal atmospheric pressure, similar to what a deep sea diver experiences. Sessions, or dives, last anywhere from two to two-and-a-half hours. Each session increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the patient’s blood, allowing it to go directly to the wound and stimulate healing.
The team at Chandler Regional continues to enhance patient care by reducing the time it takes to heal a wound. Healogics, Inc. requires the hospital use an evidence-based approach when healing wounds, thus putting in place many of the functions that Chandler Regional currently uses in the treatment facility. The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center also offers hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as well as disease management and diabetes care.
The center is located at 1875 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. For more information, or to schedule a tour, please call 480.728.3701 or visit ChandlerRegional.org.