SOMC Wound Healing Center to Host Open House

Community members are invited to learn about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the treatment and prevention of chronic wounds during an open house at the SOMC Wound Healing Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. The center is located in the Rardin Building on the SOMC Main Campus, 1745 27th St., Portsmouth.

“Southern Ohio Medical Center has been extensively working toward obtaining the latest in wound and cancer-related therapies and treatments and we’re very excited to educate the community about our findings,” Neva Moore, program director of the SOMC Wound Healing Center, said.

During the event, physicians and staff members will be available to give tours, answer questions, and provide information about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to heal many types of wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, arterial insufficiency, comprised skin grafts and radiation injuries.

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively new form of treatment that significantly helps increase the speed at which wounds and injuries heal,” Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein, medical director of the SOMC Wound Healing Center, said.

The process works through a pure oxygen chamber that has been pressurized at higher-than-normal atmospheric levels. Patients lie in the chamber for two hours at a time and are able to watch television and relax while the healing process occurs.

“The air pressure inside the chamber is two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere, helping the blood carry oxygen to injured organs and tissues more quickly and efficiently,” she explained.

“This type of non-evasive therapy is extremely helpful for most wounds and has been particularly useful for those suffering from delayed bone damage caused by radiation therapy. We look forward to introducing our community to its possibilities and hope to see them at our open house.”

For more information about the event, or to learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, please contact the SOMC Wound Healing Center at 356-8775.