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Hyperbaric oxygen to treat wounds in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - The Finley Hospital recently signed a contract with Diversified Clinical Services to develop a Wound Care Center® for the treatment of chronic and acute non-healing wounds. Scheduled to open in spring 2010, the outpatient center will utilize advanced therapies and proven clinical protocols in providing comprehensive, integrated services, including the introduction of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a leading edge procedure in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerated the healing process.

Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds—a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.

The center will use Diversified Clinical Services' innovative techniques that focus on not just treating the wound's symptoms, but healing it entirely by taking a disease management approach that eliminates the cause.

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