Promise Hospital to add hyperbaric chamber and wound care area

Published 10:42 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

One of Vicksburg’s acute care centers for long-term health issues has added a wound care center and hyperbaric chamber.

Promise Hospital of Vicksburg and Wound Care Specialists announced a joint effort Tuesday to “significantly increase the wound healing rate of patients and help the patients avoid unnecessary amputation,” a news release said.

The facility cited a growing number of people treated in the U.S. that suffer from chronic wounds due to complications from diabetes, obesity and cancer treatments, a figure pegged at more than 8 million people.

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Chronic wounds include amputations, infections, surgical wounds and ulcers that don’t heal within eight weeks, according to the hospital.

The hyperbaric chamber will speed the healing of wounds by exposing the wound to 100 percent oxygen at a very high pressure, the release said.

Promise is located on North Frontage Road and operates on the third floor of the West Campus of River Region Medical Center. Its Boca Raton, Fla.-based parent company, Promise Healthcare Inc., is not affiliated with River Region and operates 19 long-term acute hospitals nationwide.