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The Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital offers consultation and outpatient hyperbaric oxygen therapy for adults with problem wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective in the management of selected problem wounds and traumatic injuries.
Our hyperbaric center was established in January 1989 and is located adjacent to our level one Ryder Trauma Center. We have developed extensive experience and expertise in the management of traumatic wounds/crush injuries, refractory osteomyelitis, diabetic foot wounds/amputations and radiation tissue damage.
We provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy at a pressure of 2.4ATA (45 feet sea water) with a total of 90 minutes of 100 percent oxygen at this depth. Our Hyperbaric Medicine service has provided more than 45,000 patient treatments in a safe environment with minimal morbidity and no mortality since the program began.
The Hyperbaric Medicine Program provides a consultative service for hyperbaric oxygen therapy indications as approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Wound management is also provided as required for patients undergoing HBO2 treatment to optimize wound healing potential. Conditions treated include:
- Crush and degloving injuries; acute traumatic ischemias
- Refractory/chronic osteomyelitis
- Compromised surgical grafts/flaps
- Radiation tissue damage
o Soft tissue radiation necrosis in preparation for teeth extraction or dental implants, or non-healing wounds in radiated tissue, e.g., radiation cystitis, radiation proctitis and enteritis
o Osteoradionecrosis, most commonly in the mandible, e.g., chondroradionecrosis of the larynx
- Polymicrobial soft tissue infections in compromised hosts, e.g., necrotizing fasciitis
- Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
o Infected/hypoxic diabetic foot wounds
o Ischemic/infected wound dehiscence
o Compromised amputation sites
In our clinic, transcutaneous oximetry studies are performed to:
- Determine the degree of tissue hypoxia and wound healing potential
- Assess the level of amputation
- Determine if hyperbaric oxygen treatment will be effective in increasing the tissue oxygen level at the wound site
Jackson Memorial Hospital has the only triple-lock multi-place hyperbaric chamber in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Our chamber is large enough that a patient can sit up or lay down for comfort, and it allows a trained staff member to accompany the patient inside to monitor and provide patient management as required, e.g., auto inflation of middle ears, pain management, hypoglycemic events, oxygen toxicity, claustrophobia and IV antibiotics.
The 32-foot-long by 6-foot-wide chamber also permits treatment of most patients with claustrophobia who might not be comfortable in a single-place chamber.
Another important feature of the chamber is its ability to quickly pressurize a small lock where outside medications can be transferred inside to the patient if necessary. Because of the triple-lock feature, a healthcare professional can join the patient inside the chamber while keeping them at their therapeutic pressure.
The staff members of Jackson’s Hyperbaric Medicine Program are highly trained and experienced in HBO2 therapy.
- Medical Director Luis Matos, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, is fellowship trained with board certification in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He has more than 25 years of experience as the medical director of hyperbaric medicine programs and was chairman of the first and largest clinical hyperbaric facility for the U.S. Department of Defense.
- Chief Registered Nurse Renee Tudor, C.H.R.N., is a Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse with advanced credentialing from the Baromedical Nurses Association. In addition to her nine years of HBO2 experience, she worked as a critical care nurse for 15 years.
- Chief Technician Richard Herrick, C.H.T., E.M.T., is certified by the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology as a hyperbaric technologist and by the Florida Institute of Technology as an Underwater Emergency Medical Technician. He also has an associate degree in commercial diving and more than 20 years of experience in the diving/hyperbaric field.
Hyperbaric Medicine & Problem Wounds
Jackson Memorial Hospital
North Wing 101
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136-1096
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
We are close to the Metrorail – both Civic Center and Santa Clara stations — and provide free parking next to our facility’s entrance.
If you have a patient whom you feel would benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy or if you have any questions, please call 305-585-3483. Our bilingual staff will take care of the rest.
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136