The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy Hospital offers a state-of-the-art facility for the treatment of decompression illness, arterial gas embolism and wound care. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) combined with standard medical and/or surgical care, can be an extremely effective treatment for various medical conditions. The procedure delivers pure oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure in a specially equipped medical device called a hyperbaric chamber. This allows more oxygen to be dissolved in the plasma and absorbed by the body’s tissue – thus promoting healing and dramatically improving treatment success in a variety of clinical situations.
The most familiar use of HBOT is in the treatment of decompression illness (the bends) and arterial gas embolism. Both conditions are extremely common among divers. The new Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy is equipped to handle these situations. Furthermore, Mercy’s Center has been designated as the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Regional Coordinators for Florida and the Caribbean.
Our Hyperbaric Chambers
The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center has two new OxyHeal Multiplace Hyperbaric Chambers, which are capable of treating up to 3 patients at a time. The chambers can simulate depths exceeding 66 ft of seawater pressure. In each chamber, pure oxygen is provided to patients via face masks, clear hoods or endotracheal tubes.
All aspects of the hyperbaric chamber have been designed with patient safety and comfort in mind. The chamber has windows and comfortable seating. A highly-trained hyperbaric technician is inside the chamber with the patient at all times and an HBOT Physician is on site as well. Video and audio communications are constantly maintained with technicians and medical personnel at an outside control console. The chambers can handle critical care patients and use advanced medical monitoring devices. Most hyperbaric treatments are provided in two-hour segments; however, treatments for diving-related injuries may last up to five hours.
Our Medical Director
Ivan Montoya, M.D., completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 1980. He proceeded to medical school where he graduated in 1984 from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Dr. Montoya completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Since 1989, Dr. Montoya has been affiliated with Mercy Hospital’s hyperbaric and would care services. For the past 20 years, he has been Regional Coordinator for the Divers Alert Network (DAN) for the State of Florida and the Caribbean. Among his many achievements and contributions to the field of Hyperbaric, he was recognized by the Discovery Channel for his work. Dr. Montoya was awarded the 2008 Rolex Diver of the Year Award from Divers Alert Network (DAN), for his distinguished clinical performance in undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
Conditions Treated at the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center
In addition to decompression illness and arterial gas embolism, the Hyperbaric and Problem Wound Care Center also treats patients suffering from:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation
- Gas Gangrene
- Crush Injury and Traumatic Wounds
- Compromised Skin Grafts, Flaps, and Replants
- Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
- Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Radiation Tissue Damage
- Thermal Burns
- Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
The Center works closely with different medical specialties in order to optimize treatment and healing. Hyperbaric oxygen allows for excellent results typically unobtainable with other less comprehensive approaches.
For more information on the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy Hospital, please call (305) 854-4400, ext 2260.