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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Wound Care

Advisor

Dr. Thomas Colletti

Abstract

Chronic wounds can have various underlying etiologies, many of which can be multifactorial. As a part of the comprehensive approach to wound care, it is important to consider alternative treatments and modalities to overcome factors that contribute to delayed healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been advocated as a beneficial treatment for chronic wounds for more than two decades. In comparison to other alternative treatments in the management of non-healing wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is considered beneficial due to having few contraindications, less side effects, and a non-invasive nature. Understanding and addressing the challenges in the treatment of chronic wounds, as well as prompt initiation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in applicable candidates, can lead to a better clinical outcome while promoting improved patient quality of life and reducing healthcare expenditures.

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