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The Hyperbaric and Wound Center Celebrates Their First Anniversary

Mercy Miami Hospital March 17, 2014

Miami, FL – The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy Hospital, a Campus of Plantation General Hospital, celebrated its first anniversary on March 12, 2014. The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center is 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 facility, which operates as a 24-hour emergency care center, treated over 200 patients with a variety of injuries including crush injuries, burns, and carbon monoxide poisoning and severe wounds.

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 Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy is equipped to handle these situations. The Center has treated 35 patients with diving-related injuries referred by Divers Alert Network.

“We are excited to be able to refer divers to the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at Mercy Hospital,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO, Divers Alert Network. “Over the past year, our team has sent approximately 35 divers to this state-of-the-art facility for the treatment of decompression related illnesses. These facilities, along with a very experienced and knowledgeable staff led by Dr. Ivan Montoya, made Mercy Hospital the ideal choice to become DAN’s Regional Coordinators for Florida and the Caribbean,” added Ziefle.

“It has been a great year for the Center” said Medical Director Ivan Montoya, M.D., a diving enthusiast and expert in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. “Our highly trained staff works closely with different medical specialties in order to optimize treatment and healing,” added Dr. Montoya.

For more information on the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), please call (305) 285-2970 or visit www.mercymiami.com.

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