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Huguley Center for Wound Care Adds Third Hyperbaric Chamber

Wound Care Team, from left:  Ashfaq Siddiqui, MD; Glenn Hermes, CEO of H20Ti, contractor for hyperbarics at Huguley; Kavitha Shashikumar, MD; Larry Whitcomb, MD; Randy Lew, DPM

The Huguley Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has added a third hyperbaric oxygen chamber to accommodate a 53% increase in patient visits over last year.  During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber.  This increases the presence of oxygen within the wound and thus aids in healing and growth of new tissue. 

 

A team of four physicians trained and credentialed in hyperbaric medicine practice at the Huguley Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine:  Dr. Larry Whitcomb, medical director of the clinic and a general surgeon; Dr. Randy Lew, a podiatrist; Dr. Ashfaq Siddiqui, a peripheral vascular surgeon; and Dr. Kavitha Shashikumar, an infectious disease specialist. 

 

“Since opening in 2006, we have become one of the busiest wound care clinics in Tarrant, Johnson and surrounding counties,” said Nikki Ralston, P.T., C.W.S., M.B.A., director of the Huguley Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.  “Our team approach uses the combined expertise of specially trained physicians, certified wound specialists, wound-care nurses, physical therapists and hyperbaric technicians to develop a treatment plan for each patient.  Our tools for healing difficult wounds include hyperbaric medicine, bioengineered skin grafts, growth factor therapy, electrical stimulation and advanced wound-care dressings.”

 

Compared to the period of June through August 2007, the clinic experienced a 45% increase in all patient visits, including a 53% increase in hyperbaric patients.

Due to the expanding patient volume, the Huguley Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine moved into a custom office in June that offers patients more privacy and a more pleasant environment.  More staff has been added also.

 

In 2007, the Huguley Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine had significantly better outcomes than the average of wound care centers nationwide.  Huguley Center for Wound Care was able to heal 94.89% of problem wounds, compared to a national average of 83.67%.  Data from 730 facilities nationwide was evaluated by Net Health Systems, the leading provider of clinical information systems in wound care.