Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment given in a comfortable, climate-controlled, see-through chamber with increased pressure and filled with 100 percent oxygen, which increases the amount of oxygen in a person’s bloodstream. The high concentration of oxygen combined with increased atmospheric pressure causes large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the blood – promoting tissue growth and helping persistent wounds to heal, or heal faster. Developed in the 1940s, the technology was originally used to treat deep-sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness.
HBO is used to treat complications from cancer and diabetes, acute peripheral arterial insufficiency (medical condition in which tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients due to poor arterial blood supply,) anemia, amputations, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, trauma injuries and infections.
The Center for Wound Healing
at at Clovis Community Medical Center offers HBO therapy for chronic, hard-to-heal wounds, including many that have resisted healing after months or even years of traditional treatment. This outpatient service brings a complete, personalized approach to the medical and surgical care of non-healing wounds.
The Leon S. Peters Burn Center
at Community Regional Medical Center is home to the area’s first board certified staff and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Supervised by staff, patients lie comfortably in an HBO chamber and watch TV, listen to music or nap. Emergencies treated with HBO therapy are carbon monoxide poisoning, cyanide poisoning, decompression illness and arterial gas embolism.
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Clovis Community Medical Center
Center for Wound Healing
2755 Herndon Avenue
Clovis, CA 93611
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Community Regional Medical Center
Leon S. Peters Burn Center
2823 Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 459-4220 Emergency referrals
(559) 459-3870 Non-emergent referrals (M-F, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
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