Logan Regional Hospital’s new Wound and Hyperbaric Center will be open for inspection Thursday at an open house, 5-7 p.m. The new facility is located at the north end of the Logan Regional campus in the Women and Newborn Center. This is an opportunity to meet the center’s doctors and caregivers and see the latest wound treatment technology and protocols. The new center will provide complete wound-healing services from head-to-toe for wounds that do not heal on their own. The center’s team includes a board-certified wound and hyperbaric specialist, Dr. Steven Nail, who comes to Cache Valley from Austin, Texas. He served there as assistant medical director at Hyperbaric Physician Consultants. He has more than two decades experience in emergency medicine. “We have patients breath 100 percent oxygen and we place them in a chamber that we pressurize to the equivalent of the depth of 40 feet of water, which is about two and a half times the pressure we are at the surface,” said Dr. Nail. “By doing that we can enhance the amount of oxygen that can travel through the blood stream by several hundred percent. That allows more oxygen to get to the wound, or any other condition, we are trying to treat.” He said the FDA and hyperbaric societies have a list of treatments deemed appropriate for use with hyperbarics including treatment of problem wounds, diabetic foot wounds being the most common. “The other common modality we treat is people who have had radiation therapy for cancer and they can develop a delayed problem with healing from that. Other less common things are carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene treatment, air embolism and of course the thing it was invented for first, treatment of the bends in deep sea divers.” The center’s multi-disciplinary team includes a board-certified podiatrist with extensive wound-care experience, certified wound-care nurses and therapists, hyperbaric technologists, lymphedema therapists and ostomy nurses.
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