November 5, 2009 in Washington Voices

Oxygen treatment available for fasciitis

The Spokesman-Review
 

I was interested in your article presented in The Spokesman-Review (Voices, Oct. 29) regarding the necrotizing fasciitis patient.

I wanted the public in general to know of a treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is a recognized adjunct to surgical debridement and antibiotic therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen is 100 percent oxygen under pressure, which provides oxygenation to the area lacking oxygen, thus limiting the spread and progression of the infection. As a result there may be less tissue loss and possibly a shorter stay in the hospital.

There are facilities in the Spokane area that provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

Louise Fouquette, R.N.

Otis Orchards


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