• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

    Kindred Hospital Kansas City's hyperbaric oxygen unit accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Our vision is to be the premier accredited hyperbaric facility, providing for our region’s long-term acute care patients and focusing on quality-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an integral service for our comprehensive wound care program. We can boast of a board-certified hyperbaric physician and medical director, as well as two full-time certified hyperbaric technologists, and one part-time certified hyperbaric registered nurse.

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a process in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at above-normal atmospheric pressure, increasing the delivery of oxygen to the body. This oxygen enhances the body’s natural healing process. Studies show the treatment to be very helpful in aiding the body’s recovery from certain kinds of wounds and other medical injuries.

    In wound care, HBOT is used for select chronic, non-healing wounds, osteomyelitis, and failing skin grafts and flaps. The compromised tissue is super-saturated with oxygen and new capillary growth occurs. There are many benefits to augmenting wound treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, i.e. hyperoxygenation, angiogenesis, fibroblast proliferation, leukocyte oxidative killing, toxin inhibition and antibiotic synergies. Patients will be given a treatment plan tailored to their individual medical needs.

    With chronic, non-healing wounds becoming a multi-million dollar healthcare problem, Kindred Hospital is ready to meet the growing demands for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

    Types of wounds treated include:

    • diabetic wounds
    • arterial ulcers
    • pressure ulcers
    • venous stasis ulcers
    • compromised skin grafts and flaps
    • complex soft tissue wounds
    • osteomyelitis
    • problem surgical wounds
    • soft tissue infections

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