Referring Patients to Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care
Why Refer to UC San Diego Health System?
Don't risk your patient to preventable limb loss, unnecessary operative complications, or repeat procedures.
Hyperbaric chambers constitute the most minimally invasive, low risk-to-benefit approach to limb salvaging and hypoxic damaged tissue management. At UC San Diego Health System, we are capable of treating most problem wounds as well as several life-threatening diseases and conditions.
New Indications For Hyperbaric Medicine
Elective hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound services are available in Encinitas and Hillcrest, Monday through Friday.
While hyperbaric oxygen therapy is typically used for problem wounds and diving complications, it has new indications in:
- Plastic surgery
- Maxillofacial & oral surgery
- Infectious disease
- Radiation oncology
- Emergency medicine
When to Refer Patients
The earlier you refer your patient, the better the results. This is especially true for elderly patients and those with diabetes.
Standard indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Thermal burns
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Intracranial abscess
- Air or gas embolism
- Compromised flaps and skin grafts
- Decompression sickness
- Severe blood loss anemia
- Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
- Central retinal artery occlusion
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Acute traumatic ischemia, crush injuries, compartment syndrome
- Carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
- Selected non-healing wounds (e.g., Wagner Grade III diabetic lower extremity wounds)
- Delayed radiation tissue injuries (e.g., radiation cystitis, radiation proctitis and mandibular osteoradionecrosis)
We Work With You
Our multidisciplinary team coordinates care with your office in order to identify the best course of action for your patient and facilitate speedy closure of their condition.
Following an initial consultation, we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan that best suits your patient’s needs. Throughout therapy, you’ll receive detailed reports about how he/she is progressing. Once your patient is healed, we will discharge him/her back to you along with ongoing care instructions.
To refer a patient for advanced wound care or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, call 855-543-0555.
Medical Offices North
Meet Our Team
Led by Ian Grover, MD, our hyperbaric medicine and wound care team successfully treats a range of complex problem wounds and conditions.
UC San Diego operates the only hyperbaric chamber in the county that's open 24 hours daily.
Medical Offices North