Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Regional Wound Care and Advanced Hyperbaric Medicine Care pioneered Hyperbaric Recompression Therapy in Kern County. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a mode of treatment where the patient is placed in a recompression chamber and breaths 100% oxygen at greater than 1 atmosphere of pressure. This is conducted in either a Monoplace chamber, (single patient; pressurized in 100% O2 atmosphere), or in a larger Multiplace chamber, (multi-patient, inside tender breathing air, pressurized using air, O2 is delivered via mask, head tent, or Endotracheal tube.  

The primary benefit of this treatment is angiogenesis; the spontaneous growth of new capillaries in and around the wound site. By improving the micro-vascularity, the healing processes are enhanced. When this is coupled with advanced wound care techniques, including wound debridement (the judicious removal of necrotic and unviable tissue from the wound) the bodies own metabolic processes are stimulated, resulting in improved healing rates and times. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as evidence and result based therapy for diabetic wounds of the lower extremity, and as such the therapy is reimbursable through Medicare.


Individualized Treatment Plans

The team of specialized physicians, nurses, and staff at the Regional Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the patients’ wounds. They will then formulate an individualized treatment plan using the most current, clinically effective techniques for wound healing.


Team of Professionals

Along with our on-site doctors, our health care team of professionals includes:

  • Specialized physicians
  • Certified wound care nurses
  • Highly trained clinical Hyperbaric managers and staff
  • Health care educators
  • A vascular surgeon
  • A podiatrist
  • And a general surgeon

…to meet all the patients wound care needs.


The staff liaisons and refers patients to after care facilities such as home health, medical supply services, physical therapy and prosthetics upon discharge from wound care insuring a complete recovery with small chance of a same wound recurrence.

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