COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus hospital is the first in Georgia to use new technology to help patients. St. Francis has new high tech equipment to help treat wounded patients and news leader nine gets a first look at the technology.
"If I had not used this chamber I probably would have lost my foot," Debbie Pasquarello has spent 40 days visiting the St. Francis Wound Center for hyperbaric treatments. She's needs help with impaired circulation in her leg, and now new state-of-the-art equipment will make her treatments easier.
"We have brand new chambers called BARA-MED and they have a computerized system that is called OSCAR and it's an electronic medical record keeping system," explained LPN and Certified Hyperbaric Technician Andrea Sanchez.
Sanchez says the chambers are used to help a variety of patients, "People with diabetic foot wounds, people that have radiation injuries, people that have impaired circulation."
She added, the machine treats wounds and tissue damage that helps the patient heal faster, "The patient gets in the chamber, they are pressurized at 100 percent oxygen and they are in there for 90 minutes and they breath in this oxygen and it helps wounds heal."
Pasquarello told News Leader Nine, "The difference is night and day. It's just so much more comfortable in the new chamber, and I feel you have more space in there."
Now that the chamber is in Columbus, Pasquarello says it means many patients can get their treatments closer to home, "To have to be somewhere every day for five days a week, that's a big commitment you have to make to do this, and this makes it more convenient."
St. Francis Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has had the new chamber for a little over a month. Technicians tell us there is another benefit to the machine, it also takes care of record keeping, meaning they have more time with patients.