Cody Regional Health Now Uses Pure Oxygen for Wound Treatment | Big Horn Basin Media

Cody Regional Health Now Uses Pure Oxygen for Wound Treatment

Written by on November 5, 2020

Wound care gets “a breath of fresh air” at Cody Regional Health, adding to the advanced regional care options available in the Bighorn Basin.

Cody Regional Health’s Wound Care Center continues to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy as one of its many options to better treat wounds. It’s the only facility certified to do so in all of northern Wyoming.

The concept behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy is relatively simple – patients breathe in pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. In that environment, the air pressure increased two or three times that of normal, which allows the lungs to take in more oxygen than at normal air pressure.

That extra oxygen can fight bacteria and stimulate the body to produce more stem cells, all of which can promote healing. Conditions that can be treated through hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections and wounds that are difficult to heal, particularly if caused by diabetes or radiation.

This exciting treatment is possible thanks to Cody Regional Health Wound Care Physician, Stephen E. Mainini, M.D., FACP, FCCP, CWSP.  The doctor recently earned the professional designation of CWSP – Certified Wound Specialist Physician – after completing a National Board Certification with the American Board of Wound Management.

Mainini said, “I wanted to become ABWM certified to enhance our team approach to successful wound management and to improve the quality of wound care for our patients.”

Cody Regional Health offers this state-of-the-art treatment as part of their already high caliber treatment options. In 2020 alone, the Wound Care Center had 1,813 ­­­­patient visits over the past year with a rate of 94.83% success and an average heal time within 21 days of treatment started.

There are no referrals needed for treatment at the Wound Care Center – you’ll likely end up there if you need such attention. Otherwise, you can contact the Center directly by calling 307-578-2538.

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