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Oxygen is a vital factor in proper wound healing and is normally deliv- ered as blood circulates through the body. This oxygen-rich blood helps in the growth of healthy new tissue.
Sometimes, due to injury or health-related causes, the body strug- gles to heal due to impaired blood circulation. Individuals struggling with non-healing wounds often have an underlying health issue such as diabetes or vascular disease. These health issues can result in poor circulation or inade- quate levels of oxygen in the blood. For such individuals, proper wound healing can become a serious, ongoing prob- lem.
While it is important to continue to address those core health issues, proac- tive treatments like hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy can be implemented
as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for wound healing. HBO has been shown to be an effective treatment option for chronic non-healing wounds and for the delayed adverse effects of prior radiation therapy.
In certain cases, radiation treatments for cancer can result in delayed injury to healthy internal tissue called soft tissue radionecrosis or STRN. One
of the reasons that STRN may not be diagnosed until well after radiation treatment is that the radiation can dam- age internal tissue that is not visible
to the naked eye. As the damaged area struggles with an insufficient supply of blood and oxygen, the tissue becomes dense and fibrous. The effects of such damage can be painful and lead to a dramatically decreased quality of life.
Introducing a sustained hyperbaric oxygen therapy routine can help to promote new vascular growth and sup- port the formation of healthy tissue. Bronson currently uses six hyperbaric chambers to treat patients at our hos- pitals in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and South Haven.
What to Expect
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers a rich supply of oxygen to your blood stream while you are lying on a bed inside the chamber. A typical treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes. HBO therapy helps to suppress bacteria, restore the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and reduce tissue swell- ing and inflammation. As the therapy proceeds and vascular growth continues,
damaged tissues are preserved and a more ‘normal’ wound healing process begins. The total number of treatments needed depends on the patient and what we are seeing the patient for.
The chamber’s acrylic walls are completely clear. You are able to see and communicate with the technician throughout the treatment. And, although you are not able to take any electronics into the chamber with you, you are able to watch TV or listen to music if you like. Once the treatment is complete, the pressure is returned to normal and you exit the chamber.
While hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not the right solution in every instance, it is a safe, often effective treatment for both chronic wounds and radiation-in- duced soft tissue injury. The treatment has also proven to be a helpful healing tool in combination with skin grafts and complex bone infections, too.
Individuals struggling with non-healing wounds often have an underlying health issue such as diabetes or vascular disease. These health issues can result in poor circu- lation or inadequate levels of oxygen in the blood. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help.
If you would like to find out more about wound healing and hyperbaric treatment, or would like information about making an appointment, con-
tact the Bronson Wound Center & Hyperbaric Medicine at (269) 245-8560 or visit us at wound.
Troy Pascoe is the Medical
Director of Bronson Wound Center & Hyperbaric Medicine in Battle Creek. Dr. Pascoe is board certified in Internal Medicine with a primary interest in hyperbaric medicine and wound treat- ment. He, along with one of the most experienced wound teams in south cen- tral Michigan, offer a comprehensive range of services for the effective treat- ment of wounds and associated medical conditions.
Troy Pascoe, MD, Medical Director
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Grandparents 101/ Baby Basics
Wednesdays, August 8 and 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
In this class, new parents, grandparents and caregivers will learn the basics of baby care and much more. $30. To register, visit or call (800) 451-6310.
American Lung Association Better Breathers Club
Thursday, August 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
2nd floor, Conference Room C
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease? Join us to learn ways to better manage your illness while receiving support from others who share in your experiences.
Enlarged Prostate Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Friday, August 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott
12891 Harper Village Dr., Battle Creek
An enlarged prostate is a common condition, especially in older men. The urinary issues associated with an enlarged prostate can range from inconvenient to life-disrupting. Join us to learn more about causes, symptoms and treatment options available. Free. Registration required. Call (800) 451-6310 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit
Prostate Screening Event
Tuesday, August 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Receive a prostate exam and complete a blood test to evaluate the health of your prostate. You can also learn more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer at this free event. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Registration required. Call (800) 451-6310 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit
Diabetes Prevention Program: Fit & Healthy 365
Starts in September. Register now.
Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Education Center
363 Fremont St., Suite 109, Battle Creek
Want to learn small steps that make a big difference in your health? Join this program. As a CDC-recognized program, certain health criteria must be met to qualify. $130 for 12 months. For more information or to register, email or call (269) 245-8316.
Stroke Survivor Support Group
Thursday, August 16, 1 p.m.
YMCA of Battle Creek, 182 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek Our stroke survivor support group is a place to share
Protect Against
Identity Theft
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is some other way to identi- fy you in their records.
If you are the victim of identity theft, you should report it right away.
To report identity theft, fraud, or misuse of your Social Security number, the Federal Trade Commission (the nation’s consumer protection agency) recommends you:
• Place a fraud alert on your credit file
by contacting one of the following
companies (the company you contact is required to contact the other two, which will then place alerts on your reports):
◆ Equifax, 1-800-525-6285
◆ Trans Union, 1-800-680-7289 ◆ Experian, 1-888-397-3742
• Review your credit report for inquiries from companies you have not contact- ed, accounts you did not open, and debts on your accounts you cannot explain.
• Close any accounts you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
• File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 (TTY 1-866-653-4261).

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