Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Richmond

Chippenham Hospital is the only hospital in the central Virginia area to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), one of the most advanced treatment options available for healing wounds.

Our physicians, certified wound care nurses and clinical hyperbaric managers are specially trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine and provide patients at our Wound Care Center the comprehensive care they need.

To learn more about our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, call our Wound Care Center at (804) 483-4045.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is typically outpatient and involves breathing pure oxygen for about two hours in a sealed, pressurized environment to help push oxygen into your blood plasma. HBOT stimulates blood vessel growth in damaged tissues and is effective in fighting some types of infection.

Conditions treated by hyperbaric medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions, such as:

  • Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
  • Sudden deafness
  • Gangrene
  • Skin or bone infection that causes tissue death
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft (or skin flap) at risk of tissue death
  • Sudden and painless vision loss
  • Brain abscess
  • Burn
  • Decompression sickness
  • Crushing injury
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Severe anemia
  • Bubbles of air in your blood vessels, also referred to as arterial gas embolism

HBOT is also used for post-radiation care in areas of the breast, head and neck and for compromised skin flaps to provide oxygen to the tissue in an attempt to salvage it.

Additionally, HBOT is a treatment for many dive injuries. Transport to a hospital with HBOT capabilities is a high priority. For any diving accident occurring in the metro Richmond area, the injured diver should be transported to Chippenham for immediate care.