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Why Does Your Facility Need a Sechrist Hyperbaric Chamber

Currently in the United States, 750 medical facilities have a hyperbaric chamber in use. This number is expected to soar as more wound care facilities make this important purchase and additional studies produce positive results in its treatment of other conditions. The Sechrist hyperbaric chamber is cost effective and safe; and the results arising from the study of diabetic foot ulcers are impressive.

More than one million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year, in addition to the 7% of the population who have been already been diagnosed. Approximately 15% of these patients will eventually face serious diabetic foot ulcers, which require more than what traditional wound care can offer. Traditional wound care has come a long way over the years, but the bottom line is that there is an even more effective and better way. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not meant to replace quality wound care for diabetic foot ulcers; however, when they are used together, it can increase the likelihood that your patient will not face amputation.
Not only is hyperbaric oxygen therapy showing tremendous results for diabetic foot ulcers, there are many other conditions that may be helped using this technology. Diabetic Ulcers is just one of the 13 listed and approved UHMS indications. Many studies are being done worldwide for treatment of other non-approved conditions. The following treatments is a list of unapproved UHMS indications. This list is for reference only and has been gathered from external medical studies. These conditions have not been approved by the UHMS.
  • Cerebral edema
  • Cirrhosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Difficult to heal fractures
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flesh eating bacteria
  • Frostbite
  • Gangrene
  • Lyme disease
  • Near drowning
  • Pancreatitis
  • Plastic surgery recovery
  • Radiation myelitis
  • Severe migraines
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Soft tissue swelling
  • Sympathetic Reflex Dystrophy
  • Prolonged coma
  • Vertigo

In addition, there are studies going on for chronic diseases such as:

  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohns disease
  • Menieres syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigimenal Neuralgia
  • Stroke
The implications for future study and treatment are astonishing. Sechrist Industries is an active provider in furthering the study and expanding the list of future UHMS approved indications. Even if your plans of purchasing a Sechrist hyperbaric chamber are strictly for the care of diabetic foot ulcers, it is good to know that you can expand your treatment options for many other conditions if you choose.

Currently, Medicare will only authorize payment for hyperbaric chamber therapy for diabetic foot ulcers that won't heal after one month of standard wound care, for fractures that won't heal, and the 12 other indications listed on the approved UHMS indications list. This is expected to change due to the promising results for patients and the long term savings of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for insurance companies.