The hyperbaric chamber at Hartford Hospital's Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

When a wound fails to heal following 6 weeks of standard medical care, it is considered a "problem wound" and has the potential to benefit from the services offered by a wound healing center.

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hartford Hospital provides high quality, cost-effective treatment for individuals with problem wounds.

Approximately 10-15% of persons seeking care at a wound care center may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO 2 T). The Wound Center houses a state-of-the-art 10-person hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which is the only chamber of its kind located within a medical facility in the New England region. The environment within the chamber is compressed air, which is adjusted to 2-3 times greater than atmospheric or sea level pressure. While inside, individuals wear oxygen delivery hoods which provide 100% oxygen. Patients typically spend 2 hours in the chamber and receive daily treatment for 30-60 days, depending upon their diagnosis and response rate. An attendant is present inside the chamber assisting patients and monitoring their clinical status.
A physician trained in HBO 2 T is present continuously during treatments. The Hyperbaric Medicine Program, in addition to providing support to the Wound Center, treats emergent diagnoses such as decompression sickness, venous or arterial gas embolization, carbon monoxide poisoning, traumatic crush injuries, and necrotizing soft-tissue infections. The chamber is capable of providing therapy for critically ill, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. The Hyperbaric Medicine Program is an active member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN).