KYW’s Rasa Kaye talks with Dr. Cooper about HBOT at the new James Klinghoffer Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment at Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
Oxygen has natural healing properties, and increasing the amount circulating throughout the body promotes faster and more efficient healing for a range of ailments. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber where the atmospheric pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal. It allows the lungs to gather up to three times more oxygen than they would breathing at normal air pressure.
When we see images of a patient reposing inside the clear, pod-like tube of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, it’s easy to marvel at the space-age advances of modern medicine. But the use of hyperbaric therapy actually dates back nearly 350 years, when in 1662 the British physician Henshaw developed a system of organ bellow and valves to increase oxygen pressure in a chamber he called a “domicilium.” Henshaw already noticed that some acute illnesses responded to increased oxygen pressure.
In the Victorian age, clinical use of HBOT was well underway in Europe in medicine and even at “pneumatic institutes” that touted it as a spa treatment. In the 1930s, military testing and development of HBOT accelerated in the areas of deep sea diving and aeronautics. Studies have continued across the decades and modern medicine is finding more uses for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The new James Klinghoffer Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County brings the latest HBOT technology to the Philadelphia area, offering a comprehensive approach to care for patients with non-healing wounds and complex medical issues, combined with a strong panel of board certified wound and hyperbaric specialists.
The Medical Director of Deborah’s Klinghoffer Center is vascular surgeon Dr. John Cooper. He says many cardiovascular patients suffer with poor circulation and diabetes, often leading to slow-healing wounds. Dr. Cooper’s team oversees HBOT for patients with wounds including venous leg ulcers, arterial insufficiency, diabetic foot ulcers, bed sores, burns and even spider bites. For cases that require additional interventions, Dr. Cooper can quickly coordinate with Deborah’s vascular surgery department.
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