Life Support Technologies Group Guides Third Hospital to Earn Top Distinction in Hyperbaric Medicine

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The Life Support Technologies group (LST) has partnered with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley – Broadway Campus’ (HAHV - Kingston, NY) Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center for over five years and has now guided it through a vigorous program review that has resulted in HAHV being awarded Re-Accreditation with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This is the third hospital in NY State that LST has guided to this accolade.

"We believe that National Accreditation of Hyperbaric Medicine programs promotes safer, cost effective programs with better patient outcomes." - Glenn Butler, CEO, Life Support Technologies Group

The Life Support Technologies group (LST) has partnered with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley – Broadway Campus’ (HAHV - Kingston, NY) Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center for over five years and has now guided it through a vigorous program review that has resulted in HAHV being awarded Re-Accreditation with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This is the third hospital in NY State that LST has guided to this accolade.

HAHV’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center was initially accredited by the UHMS in June 2011, when HAHV’s Broadway Campus was officially known as The Kingston Hospital. HAHV uses a comprehensive approach to treating wounds, which may include nutritional counseling, resolution of infections, surgical debridement, skin grafting, and the adjunctive use of hyperbaric oxygen. The Limb Salvage Program is critical for those at risk of amputation, especially diabetics. More than 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds.

Hyperbaric Medicine incorporates a specially designed chamber in which a patient can be treated at greater atmospheric pressure while breathing pure oxygen. This triggers several mechanisms, including angiogenesis (regrowth of capillaries), bactericide, and oxygenation. These mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen have been scientifically proven to benefit various medical conditions, including non-healing wounds, bone and soft-tissue infections, and radiation tissue damage. A typical treatment for a non-healing wound lasts for about two hours at increased pressures between 2 - 2.5 atmospheres absolute, and is repeated daily for 20 or more sessions depending on the severity of the wound. The Institute offers two oversized, private hyperbaric chambers where patients can relax and listen to music or watch a movie.

HAHV’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is only the third facility in the lower NY State region to provide this level of service, according to the UHMS, the leading hyperbaric medicine authority in the nation. Recently, LST guided the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, NY and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, NY to obtain reaccreditation with distinction. The only other Hospital in New York State to achieve this is Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, a 400-bed teaching hospital.

Kathy Smith, RN, the Administrator responsible for HAHV’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, remarked: “We’re very pleased that our UHMS reaccreditation was approved with distinction. All of our staff and administrators have worked hard to ensure that our training, facility and patient safety, as well as standards-of-care, are of the highest standards. The inspection process and documentation trail was rigorous. Our patients and their loved ones should be reassured by our medical excellence and the acknowledgement we have received through this latest accreditation.”

Glenn Butler, LST’s CEO, remarked: “We have long believed in the importance of National Accreditation of Hyperbaric Medicine programs to promote safer, cost effective programs with better patient outcomes. The dedication and professionalism of the entire HAHV staff as well as the administration’s support for excellence throughout its Medical Center is reflected in the Hyperbaric Medical unit being awarded re-accreditation with distinction.”

The UHMS’s rapidly growing Clinical Hyperbaric Facilities Accreditation Program currently has 155 accredited hyperbaric medicine services nationally. UHMS accreditation is increasingly being required by commercial insurances for patient treatment approval and reimbursement.

For more information see:

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley – Broadway Campus, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
http://www.hahv.org/service/wound-healing-center
Phone: (845) 334-4325

Hudson Valley Hospital Center
http://www.hvhc.org/
Phone: (914) 734-3030

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
http://charity.bonsecours.com/find-a-facility-good-samaritan-regional-medical-center.html
Phone: (845) 368-5000

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
http://membership.uhms.org/

Life Support Technologies Group (LST)
http://www.lifesupport-USA.com

About the Life Support Technologies Group (LST)
The Life Support Technologies Group (LST) is a Tarrytown, NY-based medical and life-support engineering company specializing in Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Services to hospitals in the NY, NJ, CT region. LST has been in business for 20 years and currently provides services to 9 hospitals.

Glenn Butler, CEO
Life Support Technologies Group
(914) 333-8412
http://www.lifesupport-USA.com

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