CLINIC IN FOCUS
Continuing our series of interviews featuring outstanding hyperbaric and wound care centers around the world, we spotlight in this issue the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What are the most common indications treated at your clinic?
Diabetic foot ulcer
Radiation-related soft tissue injury including radiation cystitis
Chronic refractory bone infection
Failed flap or graft
Deep soft tissue infection
What is the most memorable treatment success story that has come out of your clinic?
A young man with type 1 diabetes presented with spontaneous deep foot ulcer that was complicated with deep soft tissue and bone infection. Initially, amputation was considered. Using hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) in conjunction with debridement, wound care and antibiotics, however, he healed completely.
A 66-year-old female with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and Felty’s syndrome presented with a nonhealing ulcer on her left leg caused by a trauma. She failed multiple treatment options including debridement, different wound dressings, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and vein-closure procedure. She finally healed with skin graft following HBOT that prepared the wound bed before the procedure.
Do you work with a management company?
We do not work with a management company.
If you had to pick two things to attribute your clinic's success to, what would it be?
We use a multidisciplinary approach with experienced staff involving vascular medicine, vascular surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, infectious disease, and internal medicine.
We monitor our outcome and use data for better patient care.
Are there any additional questions you'd like to answer, or any other information about your clinic you'd like to showcase?
We published our HBOT outcome data in Annals of Vascular Surgery (Ann Vasc Surg. 2015 Feb; 29(2): 206-14).
We published another peer-review paper related to the indications of HBOT (J Wound Care. 2014 Oct; 23(10 Suppl):S18-22).
- We have provided excellent service to the metropolitan and suburban areas with very memorable success stories.