By Dr. William Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, CPE
In our most recent white paper titled, “The Use of Modalities in Wound Care Part 2: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,” we examine the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as an adjunctive therapy for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) with Wagner grades 3 and 4. We found significantly improved healing rates for Wagner grade 3 and 4 DFUs when the patient was able to complete their entire course of treatment.
The white paper also examined HBOT for radiation cystitis and notes that the studies to date suggest that patients benefit most from HBOT when they receive treatment early in the course of this disease to maximize the clinical effects of HBOT.
These findings reinforce our previous four factors that reduce unwarranted variability and improve healing rates. Visit frequency and patient engagement are two factors discussed in the first and third white papers in this series. Each person who comes to our Wound Care Centers® is encouraged to stay positive and actively participate in their care so that treatment is completed and healing is achieved.
Healogics proprietary data, along with analysis of respected medical literature, has revealed four factors that affect patient healing trajectories across all stages of healing. These four factors are: Frequent/Regular Patient Visits, Preventing Stalled Wounds, Increasing Patient Engagement and Utilizing Advanced Modalities. You can read and download all four white papers on our Wound Science Initiative webpage.
You can also find a patient-focused summary of our four key factors of healing on our 2021 The Year of Healing webpage.
Take care and be well,
To learn more about how Healogics research is improving patient outcomes, read additional articles in this four-part series:
- We review the use of debridement in the blog post, Advanced Modalities, Including Debridement, Improve Patient Outcomes.
- Patient visit frequency is discussed in the blog post, Patient Outcomes Improve When Scheduled Appointments Are Kept.
- How stalled wounds affect healing is discussed in the blog post, Prevent Stalled Wounds to Improve Patient Outcomes.
- Patient engagement is discussed in the blog post, Patient Outcomes Improve When Patient Engagement Increases.