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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: March 2009    CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center achieves accreditation
CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center achieves accreditation

The CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center has earned a three-year Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The center is the first in southwest Missouri, and among the first in the state, to earn this accreditation.

The UHMS is an international, non-profit organization providing scientific information to improve the basis of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and promote sound treatment protocols and standards of practice. Accreditation means the CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center has met or exceeded national standards for safety, clinical expertise of medical, nursing and technical staff, and quality care outcomes.

The accreditation process identifies those centers that strive to bring together medical, nursing and technical expertise to provide outstanding care in a safe environment. "The CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine program was established in 1999 and has grown to provide the area's most comprehensive wound and hyperbaric services. Accreditation is the outside acknowledgement that we are successful at what we do," says Kris Torgerson, program director.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient is exposed to 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This increased oxygen delivery stimulates the healing mechanisms of the body to allow repair and healing to occur.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including the effects of radiation, diabetic ulcers, trauma related injuries and carbon monoxide poisoning.

"I am proud of the staff's commitment to excellence that led to our accreditation by the UHMS. This accomplishment was made possible by their desire to be the region's leader in hyperbaric services and to embrace CoxHealth's vision of being the best for those who need us," says Larry K. Chase, MD, program medical director.

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