2008 Report the Community

Aurora introduces innovative hyperbaric chamber

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center installed a new hyperbaric chamber that will allow the hospital to triple its capacity to treat patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and improve its regional wound care services.

The 52-foot-long, 66-ton chamber, the largest in Wisconsin, will be able to treat up to 24 patients at one time. Hyperbaric chambers are primarily used to help treat difficult wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, but also are used for carbon monoxide poisoning and a host of other medical conditions. During hyperbaric treatment, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The increased oxygen in the blood stimulates small blood vessel and skin growth and helps fight infection.

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