Rhode Island Hospital Opens Largest Hyperbaric Chamber In RI

Friday, September 13, 2013


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Kerri Kern, RN, BSN, the clinical manager for the new center at Rhode Island Hospital, which houses the largest hyperbaric chambers in the state for wound treatment.

Rhode Island Hospital has opened the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine for the treatment of slow-healing and non-healing wounds, and it features the largest hyperbaric chamber in the state.

State-of-the-art wound healing technologies

The wound care center will offer the newest and largest hyperbaric chamber in Rhode Island and will employ state-of-the-art wound healing technologies, including negative pressure, techniques to control edema, hyperbaric oxygen, skin substitutes, debridement of infected and chronic wounds, and advanced therapies including revascularization and tissue transfer, as well as patient and family education. The center’s multidisciplinary team will provide limb preservation and limb salvage treatments to patients with acute and chronic wounds resulting from a wide variety of conditions, including diabetes, arterial and venous insufficiency, radiation and surgery or injury.

“The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine demonstrates Rhode Island Hospital’s commitment to providing continuous high-quality patient care,” said Edward Marcaccio, M.D., co-medical advisor and a vascular surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital. “These slow- and non-healing wounds are often very painful and even debilitating. By providing our patients with a comprehensive approach to wound care, we strive to relieve the pain and discomfort, heal the wound and get our patients back to normal life and activity as soon as possible.”

Staff + therapies

The Wound Care center will be staffed with board-certified surgeons, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons and podiatrists. It will offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of its overall wound care program. This therapy involves exposing the body to 100 percent oxygen at high pressure. Exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen can speed up the healing process and can be used for a variety of wounds, including delayed radiation injuries, soft tissue infections, thermal burns, some skin grafts and flaps, crush injuries and diabetes-related wounds.

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at 950 Warren Avenue Suite 103 in East Providence. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and is next to Rhode Island Hospital’s Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, making wound care for diabetics that much more convenient. For more information, please call 401-606-HEAL (4325).


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