The ETMC Tyler Wound Healing Center has earned a new designation as an accredited clinical hyperbaric medicine facility.
It is the first center of its type in East Texas, the sixth in Texas and only the 42nd in the United States to receive this recognition from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
“The UHMS sent an evaluation team to our center in late 2004 to observe our staff and to evaluate our equipment, patient safety, general operation and standards of care,” said Stephen P. Rydzak MD, FACP, Wound Healing Center medical director.
The evaluation focused on the center’s use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the treatment of wound healing.
It is called diving medicine because treatments utilize the same technology used to treat deep-sea divers. Patients are placed in the hyperbaric oxygen chambers with a pressurized,100 percent oxygen environment that stimulates healing.
Dr. Rydzak recently received a letter from the society announcing the accreditation. “Achieving this significant milestone is indicative of you and your staff’s dedication to excellence,” wrote W.T. Workman, UHMS director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs.
“Participating in this voluntary process affirms our commitment to provide East Texans with wound care of the highest quality,” Dr. Rydzak said. “For physicians, it means we are on hand when they have patients with non-healing wounds. For patients, it means our team of medical professionals is dedicated and ready to provide care with a devotion to patient comfort and satisfaction.”
For information about the care of chronic wounds, call (903) 526-4325 (HEAL) or (800) 459-0928 or visit www.etmc.org/wounds/.