Outpatient HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) clinics offer hospitals a facility to treat various diseases and conditions that require hyperbaric oxygen treatment. HBOT can be offered at healthcare facilities such as hospitals and independent clinics or doctors’ offices. An outpatient HBOT facility conveniently integrates hospital care with hyperbaric oxygen therapy through a managed care program. In cases where the patient requires both HBOT and other hospital care, outpatient HBOT clinics can accommodate their needs. The primary physician will be able to track the progress of treatment through evaluation and advising further action that needs to be taken.
Programs offered by hospitals sometimes require the use of both emergency and acute care within a field of medicine such as the specialization in chronic care or wound healing. Should a patient come to a point where they no longer need hospital care and just treatment, an outpatient HBOT facility would be a convenient solution.
Hospital-based treatment centers ensure that the emergency ward, operating rooms, intensive care and round the clock staff are available. Should the patient have experienced a stay with the hospital already, offering an outpatient program will encourage patients to return to the hospital for their continued treatment through HBOT.
An outpatient HBOT center requires physicians trained in hyperbaric medicine, certified hyperbaric technicians and clinicians that specialize in the conditions treated by HBOT. These facilities provide patients the ability to visit the center for each treatment and is often detached from the associated hospital which houses inpatients. These centers are still affiliated with the medical center however focus on treatment for a number of specific conditions in a more personalized manner.
Wound healing uses a monoplace chamber which allows for a single patient to lie down while the oxygen is administered in an airlock tube. Mulitplace chambers make it possible for more than one patient to receive treatment at one time, through masks or oxygen hoods. Throughout the treatment, patients can relax by watching TV, listening to music or even sleeping. HBOT can take anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes so this is an important factor. The length of treatment will depend on the indication and response to the treatment from the outset.
The aim of outpatient HBOT centers is to provide a comfortable environment, focused on the healing of patients through this technology. By dedicating specialized physicians solely to this function, the patient’s needs can be met. The benefit of having an outpatient center means that a hospital can provide a seamless option for treatments not offered in the hospital itself – an outpatient HBOT center would offer the opportunity for patients to heal after their trauma.
If your wound patients require further wound healing or treatment for other conditions, having an outpatient center will provide patients with a convenient, personalized experience. In cases where hospitalization is not required, outpatient centers ensure that those seeking treatment feel comfortable with the institution being associated with a hospital. Outpatient centers gives doctors and other medical professionals the ability to handle emergency situations within the hospital while physicians focus on the healing of patients that can bypass the hospital.
Do you have a patient at your hospital or office you believe may benefit from advanced wound care? If so, please contact a CūtisCare Center of Excellence to discuss their outcomes and help answer any healthcare-related questions you may have.