Wesley Hyperbaric has been helping with the needs of people living with diabetes in South East Queensland since 1998. They look after patients with a wide variety of conditions – irradiation complications and diabetic wounds being our specialty.
The Advanced Wound Clinic at the Wesley Hyperbaric has recently expanded. This means more people living with diabetes can now receive expert wound care which can result in a greatly improved chance of healing to those problem wounds such as leg pressure ulcers.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has also been proven to help long term sufferers of diabetes by helping with improved circulation and supply of oxygen to damaged tissue.
Non-invasive and pain-free, using the chamber at Wesley Hyperbaric may offer a solution to the current situation of people living with diabetes.
Diabetic pressure wound case study
The patient was a 53-year-old physically active insulin dependent diabetic with mild peripheral neuropathy. On admission, he had little understanding of the diabetic disease process.
He had not visited a podiatrist or an orthotist in the 21 years since he had been diagnosed with diabetes. In spite of his peripheral neuropathy, vascular studies revealed near normal arterial supply.
Culture results from a wound swab showed a heavy growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
During the 24 hyperbaric treatments the patient had daily dressings, a course of oral antibiotics and consultations with both a podiatrist and an orthotist were arranged. The orthotist fitted the patient with adapted inner soles which accommodated the dressings. He was also given extensive diabetic education and his blood sugars were monitored on a daily basis.
At the completion of his treatment, the patient continued in our outpatient wound clinic for a further 2 months and healed completely. To prevent a recurrence of the wound he was fitted with appropriate work and casual shoes to off-load pressure. He is now back at work full-time.
Centrally located in Brisbane, we treat patients from as far afield as NSW and Far North Queensland, and through the generosity of the NSW and Queensland Government Travel Subsidy scheme, for the vast majority of patients, relocation for the duration of treatments is not as costly as expected.
If you are curious about what Wesley Hyperbaric can do for you give us a call on 07 3371 6033. If you have a patient who you think this might benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy or could make use of our advanced wound clinic please use our convenient online referral form.