Hyperbaric chambers arrive at Scotland Memorial

Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352

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April 1, 2009

In a flurry of excitement, two hyperbaric oxygen chambers arrived Wednesday morning at Scotland Memorial Hospital's new Wound Healing Center.


The new Wound Healing Center is located in the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. The staff will begin utilizing the chambers for patient treatments on May 4th, when the Center opens.

Paula Davis, RN, B.S.N., a health care specialist with more than two decades experience, has been named director of the new wound healing program at Scotland Memorial. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an essential part of chronic wound treatment plan," stated Ms. Davis. "HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, allowing oxygen to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them. While inside the HBOT chamber patients are surrounded with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. During treatment patients simply relax in the pressurized chamber."

HBOT is effective in fighting certain types of infections, stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation. The treatment is also used to treat crush injuries, osteomyelitis, skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites and diabetic wounds of the lower extremity.

With the addition of the HBOT, the Scotland Wound Healing Center will offer a more comprehensive program to manage problem wounds.

Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds - a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes - populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.

An open house is planned for May 4, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At that time community members are welcome to tour the new Wound Healing Center and learn more about this new service. For more information about the Scotland Wound Healing Center, call Paula Davis at (910) 291-7711.

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