Rahway, New Jersey (PRWEB) March 24, 2014
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway hosted a hyperbaric medicine training course as a precursor to the opening of their hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) unit this summer. The course was attended by over 50 clinicians from across the country, including 13 clinicians from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway.
The 40-hour training course, certified by Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), focused on the use of HBO in the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. HBO therapy is a widely-accepted treatment for many types of wounds, including diabetic and vascular wounds, as well as an effective treatment for those suffering the late side effects of radiation and certain chronic infections. It increases oxygen content in the body’s blood and tissues through a treatment called a “dive,” in industry lingo. The treatment requires the patient to lie in a pressurized chamber, usually between two to two-and-a-half times normal pressure, while breathing 100% oxygen. The therapy has numerous benefits that promote wound healing and fight infection. The training course also included a review of the considerable scientific evidence supporting the use of this Medicare-approved therapy.
RestorixHealth, the wound care management company chosen by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway to operate its wound and hyperbaric center, organized the training. Led by Chief Medical Officer Bob Bartlett, MD CPE FACHM UHM FACEP MAPWCA, the training was delivered by RestorixHealth’s clinical team. Dr. Bartlett has over 30 years of wound care experience, has trained more than 5,000 health care professionals in hyperbaric medicine, and has received the “Masters” designation from the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Chronic wounds are a significant health problem affecting millions of people and that number is growing rapidly due in part to a sharp rise in the incidence of obesity and diabetes – as well as an aging population. “The addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the wound center will benefit numerous patients in this community who suffer from non-healing wounds,” said Dr. Bartlett, “as it is an important added – or sometimes primary – therapy that encourages and enhances the body’s healing process.”
The addition of hyperbaric medicine will make the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Center for Wound Healing a fully-comprehensive wound center, and will be the third of its kind within the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, joining those at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
RestorixHealth, a leading wound care management company, develops and manages comprehensive wound care centers of excellence. Forging strong relationships with their partners, RestorixHealth provides high-quality, cost-efficient solutions to wound care that offer advanced treatment therapies along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Founded by physicians in 1997 to treat the growing incidence of chronic, non-healing wounds, RestorixHealth’s centers utilize a quality- and data-driven approach to consistently achieve high treatment success rates, resulting in a dramatic improvement in patient quality of life. The company currently manages comprehensive centers throughout the United States in partnership with hospitals and health care facilities. For more information, visit http://www.restorixhealth.com.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
Founded in 1917, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway is an acute care hospital that offers a continuum of care, including mobile intensive care, emergency services, critical care services and comprehensive rehabilitation services. RWJ Rahway has cardiac and pulmonary rehab services, wound care services, sleep and balance testing. It is home to Care Connection, a rehabilitation unit and Kindred Hospital, a long-term acute-care hospital. The hospital is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System. For more information, visit http://www.rwjuhr.com.