University of Toledo Medical Center Receives New Hyperbaric Chamber System

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As a part of the development of its new Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) recently took delivery of its new state-of-the-art Multiplace Hyperbaric Chamber system, manufactured by OxyHeal Medical Systems, Inc. This hyperbaric chamber will provide UTMC with the ability to easily provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a variety of patients.

As a part of the development of its new Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) recently took delivery of its new state-of-the-art Multiplace Hyperbaric Chamber system, manufactured by OxyHeal Medical Systems, Inc. This hyperbaric chamber will provide UTMC with the ability to easily provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a variety of patients.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment modality where the patient breathes 100% oxygen while at increased pressure inside the chamber. It s used for a variety of indications including non-healing diabetic ulcers on patients who may be in danger of losing limbs due to complications from complications of the disease. In addition, the chamber is configured to be able to perform more emergent treatments – such as carbon monoxide poisoning – that require advance patient monitoring and support capabilities. A complete listing of the approved uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as defined by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee can be found on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society website at http://www.uhms.org.

The Model OxyHeal 8000-10 multiplace hyperbaric chamber is designed to treat up to ten (10) seated patients simultaneously. The chamber was delivered to UTMC and lifted into place within the hospital by a crane and slid into the building through a hole in the exterior wall. The “Omega” shaped geometry of the chamber provides the option for also treating up to four (4) supine patients (or a combination of seated and supine patients) at treatment pressures of up to 3 ATA or 45 psig internal pressure, providing the hospital with the capability to perform all standard FDA approved clinical HBOT treatments, to include adjunctive therapy for wound care and the ability to respond to more diving medical emergencies. Mr. Ted Gurnee, President and CEO of the chamber manufacturer, OxyHeal Health Group, said “We selected this chamber geometry, because it provided enhanced patient comfort, an easy level access for walking, wheelchair, and stretcher bound patients.” The 120-inch wide by 21-foot long chamber is being installed on the first floor of the hospital near the main entrance, ensuring easy access for both outpatient and inpatient treatments.

This custom designed system is made of special materials that meet the rigorous requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (ASME-PVHO-1) code. UTMC’s OxyHeal 8000-10 Omega geometry chamber is the first of this type in the United States and is the only multiplace (multiple patient) hyperbaric chamber system to be located in Northwest Ohio. Establishing a hyperbaric program with a top-tiered equipment; HBOT and wound management services provider; and training and research company such the OxyHeal Health Group®, UTMC continues to set the health care industry bar higher by increasing its repertoire of services as part of its mission of striving to develop and incorporate advancements in health care knowledge to improve the safety and quality of patient care

The OxyHeal 8000-10 was recently rigged into place within in the hospital and installation of the entire system will take place over the next several weeks. The clinic is currently scheduled to begin operation early in January 2012. Dr. Munier M.S. Nazzal, who currently the Chief of the Hospital’s Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, will expand his role and also become the Medical Director of the new Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.

The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) plans to open the comprehensive Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center in January 2012. “The University decided to partner with a company capable of staffing and providing a large capacity hyperbaric capability and wound program that would expand the needs of UTMC's existing Vascular and Surgery clinics,” said Ronald Goedde, Director of Hospital Budgets for UTMC. “After significant research and interviews with other providers, UTMC has chosen OxyHeal Health Group. OxyHeal's strong clinical and manufacturing expertise was the clear choice for our long term partnership. OxyHeal in 6 short months manufactured a one of a kind ten (10) patient hyperbaric system integrated seamlessly designed into our Heart and Vascular Center. I must admit OxyHeal handled all of UTMC's questions and concerns not only clinically but is actively teaming with all the Hospital facility, physician, administrative, and financial staff to ensure a professional start to our important new program.”

About OxyHeal Health Group®
The OxyHeal Health Group® is an integrated services firm engaged in the contract management of Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine programs, the design, manufacture and installation of clinical hyperbaric medicine and diving systems, as well as education in topics related to clinical hyperbaric and diving medicine, hyperbaric chamber systems safety and maintenance, and research in related areas. OxyHeal Medical Systems, Inc. (OMS) is the manufacturing arm of OxyHeal Health Group and is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of hyperbaric chamber systems to ASME PVHO-1 standards as well as to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). OMS is a certified manufacturing company by the National Board, is registered with the U.S. FDA, and holds a Class III Medical Device license from Health Canada as a medical device manufacturer and maintains an ISO 13485:2003 certified QMS. OxyHeal Health Group, Inc provides full service management, operation, and medical team staffing of Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Centers at medical centers and physician practice group settings anywhere in the United States, and including certain locations worldwide. OxyHeal University (OU) maintains teams of Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine physicians, nurses (CHRN), and Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) specialists that offer customized wound healing and hyperbaric medicine and physiology training and education leading to appropriate certifications and continued medical education credits. OU also invests its assets and staff to conduct hyperbaric clinical research, including cellular, animal and human trials

OxyHeal maintains a comprehensive history of unique qualifications and experience in the design and manufacture of large multiplace hyperbaric chamber systems. Its rich history encompasses over 41 years of experience that also includes clinical operations and research utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT); providing unique hyperbaric professional training for health care, maintenance professionals, and the military; and whole of life costs support for each of the systems it has delivered. For more information, please visit http://www.oxyheal.com.

Contact:
W.T. Gurnée,
President and CEO
Tel: 619-336-2022
Fax: 619-336-2017
Web: http://www.oxyheal.com

About The University of Toledo Medical Center
The Mission of The University of Toledo Medical Center is to improve the human condition by providing patient-centered, university-quality care. In partnership with UT, The University of Toledo Medical Center continuously strives to develop and incorporate advancements in health care knowledge to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Our Vision for the Future: redefining the standards of excellence in health care through teamwork toward a common vision. To improve the human condition; to advance knowledge through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement; and to serve as a diverse, student-centered public research university.

U.S. News and World Report recently recognized The University of Toledo Medical Center as the best hospital in the Toledo metro area for the year 2011-12.The magazine ranked UTMC as a high-performer in seven clinical specialties, the most of any institution in the area.

The University of Toledo Medical Center is the region’s Level I Trauma Center. To receive Level I verification, UT must undergo a rigorous evaluation and meet precise criteria defined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. This is the highest level of trauma services available in any medical center. The University of Toledo Medical Center has a full spectrum of medical specialists ready to serve any level of illness or injury. At UTMC, innovation is used to save lives in critical emergencies through breakthroughs in treatments by our emergency medical and trauma teams.

Contact:
Ronald Goedde
Director of Hospital Budgets
The University of Toledo Medical Center
3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo OH 43614
Tel: 1.800.321.8383
http://utmc.utoledo.edu/

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