Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

A method of healing chronic wounds through the super-saturation of the blood with oxygen.

What is the science behind hyperbarics?

In wound healing terms, hypoxia is an insufficient supply of oxygen that prevents normal healing processes. HBOT provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. When a patient is placed in a hyperbaric chamber, they breathe 100% oxygen at nearly three times normal atmospheric pressure. This translates into oxygen levels up to 20 times higher than normal in the bloodstream. These concentrated oxygen levels kill bacteria, encourage capillary growth, and promote cellular activity.

When should HBOT be used?

It is approved for 15 indications including:
• Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
• Osteomyelitis
• Radionecrosis

Does HBOT have to be associated with a major medical center?

Any hospital can benefit from our services. For a 50-Bed hospital with a 50,000 patient referral base and 100 Skilled Nursing Beds in the area, statistics indicate that there will be:

3000

Diabetic Patients

450

Diabetic Ulcers

165

Venous Stasis Ulcers

425

Decubitus Ulcers

4040

Total Potential Patients

This total does not include other indications such as osteomyelitis, and failing skin/muscle flaps. More importantly, HBOT requires a small volume of patients to secure quality financial returns.

Does Medicare reimburse for these services?

Medicare and private insurance reimburse for 15 indications.

How does Wound Care Systems partner with hospitals?

• By providing flexibility of services: from management of existing centers to creation of new facilities using the latest technologies
• By offering various contract options to facilitate your hospital’s needs