Types of Therapy

Institute for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Helping you heal and return to an active life.

Wound Care

Approximately 5-million Americans each year suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds.  Wounds may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes.  These non-healing wounds occur when the level of oxygen in and around the wound drops below a certain level and your body’s normal healing process and ability to fight infection become greatly impaired.  Chronic wounds such as these require specialized wound care and sometimes hyperbaric therapy treatment. 

At the Institute for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, we employ a multi-disciplinary approach customized to fit each patient’s medical needs.  Using the most advanced wound healing techniques including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we can achieve excellent outcomes in a very high percentage of patients. 

The types of wounds treated at the Institute include chronic and non-healing wounds and ulcers due to:

  • DiabetesUndersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical incisions
  • Venous stasis  
  • Animal bites
  • Arterial disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Other wounds that resist healing

Hyperbaric Therapy  

 

Patients who can benefit from Hyperbaric Therapy include:

  • Patients with selected non-healing wounds that have not closed with conventional care.
  • Cancer patients with tissue damage as a result of radiation therapy.
  • Chronic bone infections.

Our Director

Stephen GuthrieDr. Stephen Guthrie, M.D., Ph.D, is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  A renowned expert in Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Guthrie is a member of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery, which is affiliated with Hudson Valley Hospital Center and the Institute for Wound Care.  The Wound Care team includes a Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse, as well as certified hyperbaric technicians with extensive training.  It is the only facility in the region to be accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the leading authority in hyperbarics.

 

 

 




How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?

Oxygen plays an important part in wound repair.  When a wound won’t heal often it is because of a lack of oxygen getting to the tissue.  Hyperbaric oxygen helps transport oxygen to tissues in certain conditions where the normal pathways have been compromised by infection, traumatic injury, and tissue poisoning among other causes.

 

What can patients expect?

Typically, a hyperbaric oxygen treatment involves 90 minutes at the prescribed treatment pressure plus the time required to pressurize and depressurize the chamber.  Each hyperbaric chamber is equipped with an entertainment unit so patients can watch movies during treatment to help pass the time. 

Why private chambers are better?

 

The Institute is home to three oversized private hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers that are equipped with the latest computer technology to allow technicians to control pressure and temperature, as well as communication and entertainment options for patients. Rather than sit in a large chamber with up to 12 other patients as at other facilities in the area, Hudson Valley Hospital Center offers comfortable private chambers where the patient can lie down, read, listen to music or watch a movie in privacy.

 

HVHC has the only facility in region accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

 

The Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at HVHC recently received the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Joint Commission accreditation—the most extensive accreditation possible to obtain in the field of wound care. 

"Being a UHMS-accredited facility demonstrates that the Institute has been thoroughly examined and deemed successful in meeting the national standards set forth by UHMS and The Joint Commission,” says Glen Butler, CHT, President of Life Support Technologies Group, which is affiliated with HVHC. “This distinction also approves HVHC for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement."

For further questions, please call HVHC's Institute for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at (914) 734-3030.

{mbox:/images/media/wound-care.flv|320|240|title=Wound Care |txt=Click here to see the video}