NEW ORLEANS – The Wound Care & Hyperbarics program at Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner has been awarded Accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Ochsner is the only facility in Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast to receive this prestigious title.
The UHMS is an international, non-profit organization comprised of physicians, researchers, and clinicians dedicated to providing scientific research to support clinical practice of hyperbaric medicine. Accreditation is a rigorous process requiring review of over 750 patient care and facility standards by a panel of experts in the field of hyperbaric medicine. UHMS accreditation is a co-accrediting body with Joint Commission; another highly respected accreditation organization for acute care hospitals.
Ochsner is part of an elite group of only 130 facilities from across the country that is UHMS Accredited.
“This designation, combined with the excellent wound care and hyperbaric services provided by our staff, confirms our dedication to innovation, performance and high quality care,” states Chantal Lorio, DPM, Chair, Department of Podiatry at Ochsner Medical Center. “This gold standard signifies that we are a center of excellence for hyperbaric facilities, and we are proud to offer this unique service.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an adjunctive modality used to treat patients with more than a dozen medical conditions including chronic diabetic foot ulcers, tissue and bone infections and radiation injury to bladder, bowel and the jaw.
“Each year, around 7 to 9 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds that significantly impact their quality of life,” said Mohammad Suleman, MD, Medical Director of Wound Care & Hyperbarics. “Our program provides multi-specialty physicians and clinicians expertly trained in delivering the latest cutting edge treatments in wound healing therapies.”
Ochsner has four hyperbaric chambers and can provide up to 20 treatments each day.
For further information about the Wound Care & Hyperbarics program at Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner, please visit ochsner.org/woundcare or contact 504-464-8686.
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 16 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.