[abstract] DAMN THE HMO TORPEDOES, A NOVEL APPROACH TO CHRONIC WOUND HEALING, A CASE REPORT.

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[abstract] DAMN THE HMO TORPEDOES, A NOVEL APPROACH TO CHRONIC WOUND HEALING, A CASE REPORT.

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Title: [abstract] DAMN THE HMO TORPEDOES, A NOVEL APPROACH TO CHRONIC WOUND HEALING, A CASE REPORT.
Author: Smerz, RW
Abstract: BACKGROUND: A 60 year old very experienced male scuba diver developed a skin infection of the right lower leg while diving in Papua, New Guinea six years ago from a coral scrape. This resulted in hospitalization in Australia for IV antibiotics. Initially, he appeared to heal but later developed recurrent infections at the same site of injury. He was treated repeatedly with antibiotics over the last 6 years without complete resolution. He had MRSA. Being aware of the use of hyperbaric oxygen in treatment of chronic wounds, he sought referral to our facility for care. Because his wound was complicated by the co-existence of venous stasis, his HMO would not cover the cost of treatment, and he was unable to pay out of pocket. Undaunted he decided to perform his own clinical trial, utilizing scuba in an attempt to ameliorate his condition. This paper reports on the outcome of his experimentation with his full permission to do so. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The subject donned open circuit scuba gear using 100% O2 and made a total of 10 dives to 25fsw (1.75ATA) for 65-70 minutes. He made 2 dives in June, 4 in July, and one per month from August through November. The dives were conducted in a sheltered inlet of Waimanalo Bay. He photographed his wound to document progress. RESULTS: He reported that his leg was almost completely healed, the MRSA is gone, he is no longer in pain, is without tenderness to touch, has decreased leg edema, and has increased sensation of the leg. His vascular surgeon has been monitoring his progress, though not condoning this experiment. In the future, he intends to continue with monthly treatments using a semi-closed rebreather he recently purchased and for which he has received training. CONCLUSIONS: Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 14-16, 2007. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui, Hawaii (http:www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5091
Date: 2007

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