MURRAY HILL — NYU Langone Medical Center recently opened a state-of-the-art wound-healing center with high-tech oxygen chambers to help open wounds mend more quickly.
The new facility — called Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Hyperbaric and Advanced Wound Healing Center — uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in which patients breathe pure oxygen as a way of treating wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, bone infections, carbon monoxide poisoning burns and radiation injuries.
“The consequences of not treating unhealed wounds can be serious and potentially devastating, even resulting in the loss of limbs,” the new center’s director, Dr. Ernest S. Chiu, said in a statement.
“With the use of the specialized techniques including our new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, we can help support our patients [to] return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.”
The center, which opened on Aug. 22 at 240 E. 38th St., will primarily treat elderly and diabetic patients. The pressurized oxygen chambers are already helping to promote healing and fight infection, according to NYU Langone.
"We've already seen tremendous results and significant change in the quality of life for our patients," Chiu said. "With the opening of this new center, we believe we can continue to make this a reality."