Lori Gardner, RN, BSN, Jackie Scott, RN, BSN and Linda Honsicker, RN, BSN who serve as registered nurses at Via Christi Advanced Wound Care, have become Certified Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT), a formal recognition of a master level knowledge of hyperbaric medicine.
To gain certification, Gardner, Scott and Honsicker received specialized training in hyperbaric technology and medicine, completed 480 hours of clinical internship and passed the certification examination to prove a thorough understanding of physics, gas systems, hyperbaric chamber operations and environment, patient safety and comfort, clinical skills and wound care knowledge. Each Certified Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT) will attend continuing education courses to keep current on leading-edge developments in hyperbaric medicine.
The certification is granted by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, a non-profit certifying organization designed to meet the clinical, technical and safety needs of the discipline of undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
"Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be an essential part of treatment plans for chronic wounds which have not responded to other therapies. The CHT certification demonstrates a dedication to the highest standards of care and professionalism," said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, chief medical officer for Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
Located at 1 Mt Carmel Way in Pittsburg, KS, Via Christi Advanced Wound Care, a Healogics-managed Wound Care Center, offers highly specialized wound care methodologies and treatments of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions. Likely candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy are those with diabetic ulcers, bone infections, radiation skin irritations or vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out. The therapy surrounds the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure as the patient watches television or talks with others while relaxing on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when on a plane, as the air in the chamber is compressed.