Idaho Doctor's Hospital: Healing Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Healing Center In order to heal chronic, non-healing wounds, or in cases where a wound could become chronic or life threatening, our experienced team of wound care specialists and doctors work in conjunction with your physician to create a comprehensive healing plan. In addition to our multi-person hyperbaric chamber, our state-of-the-art Healing Center is equipped with the following:
- In-House Lab – In order to enhance your healing, blood work and wound cultures are taken and quickly evaluated to ensure that the appropriate antibiotics and wound care are administered.
- Advanced Wound Care Products - For general wounds, we use bioactive dressings which help prevent infection. For skin grafts, we can utilize dermal substitutes which make it unnecessary to take donor skin from patients.
- Ten On-Site Apartments & Rehab Room - We offer ten fully furnished and accessible on-site apartments and a rehab room equipped with exercise equipment to ease the burden of extended treatment schedules or out-of-town patients.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive, painless treatment that helps speed up and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Studied for over 300 years, HBOT helps alleviate an enormous range of ailments. Historically used for deep-sea divers with decompression sickness, HBOT has been found to help patients who suffer from a broad range of illness and disease.
Oxygen is, of course, extremely important to our body and is an indispensable element in healing. If the body’s ability to transfer sufficient oxygen is compromised, wounds can go unhealed for months and even years. Even internal wounds, which easily go unnoticed, can be serious if left untreated.
Inside a therapy chamber, air pressure is raised above normal which increases the capacity of body fluids to carry oxygen. Three results are apparent when oxygen levels in the body are increased while under pressure; White blood cells’ capacity to kill bacteria is amplified, swelling is reduced, and the body’s oxygen requirements for healing are quickly attained.
Our tri-lock, multi-person chamber is spacious enough to accommodate up to 20 patients and a technician. Unlike a monoplace chamber, which is only large enough for one patient. The size of our chamber gives patients the ability to move about during treatment and allows technicians to administer immediate care if necessary.
Idaho Doctors’ Hospital: Healing Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of a few hundred facilities of its kind and was the first multi-person chamber in the state of Idaho. Since our beginning in 1999 we have been a valuable tool for physicians around the region and have helped heal thousands of non-healing wounds, assisted individuals to regain their mobility, given hope to otherwise incurable conditions, and in many cases, saved lives.
HBOT is very beneficial in treating a broad range of illness, injury and disease, including these approved by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Rapid HBO Treatment improves tissue oxygenation and removes CO from the body five times faster than normal oxygen therapy.
- Thermal Burns – Heat injuries that damage capillaries and impede blood flow can be improved by HBOT.
- Traumatic Ischemia – When an injury interrupts blood flow to an extremity such as in crash injuries or compartment syndrome.
- Gas Gangrene – Early treatment is vital as delays can be life threatening.
- Gas Embolism – The entry of gas into the vascular system.
- Anemia - Exceptional blood loss.
- Soft Tissue Infection – Bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin, and underlying tissue.
- Radiation – Tissue damage caused by radiation.
- Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps – HBOT is used to increase acceptance and decrease healing time.
- Non-Healing Wounds – Problem wounds that do not respond to established medical and surgical management.
- Osteomyelitis – A recurring bone infection.
- Diving Injuries – Air embolism or decompression sickness.
*HBOT is beneficial in a number of other conditions, however not all insurances cover treatment. Check with us for other conditions that could benefit from HBOT.
Making an appointment
If you think the Healing Center can help you, talk to your doctor, or call us at 208-237-1151 for additional information or to schedule a tour of our facility