Pressure Ulcers



The management of decubitus ulcers has been well described elsewhere and emphasizes pressure relief, surgical debridement, treatment of infection, nutritional support, and surgical closure for large ulcers. Other interventions such as negative pressure wound therapy (wound vac) may be beneficial. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is not indicated in routine decubitus ulcer management. It may be necessary for support of skin grafts or flaps showing evidence of ischemic failure, when the ulcer develops in the field of previous radiation treatment for pelvic or perineal malignancies, or when progressive necrotizing soft tissue infection or refractory osteomyelitis is present.



1 Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003: Indications and Results, The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report by John J. Feldmeier, D.O., Chairman and Editor. Copyright 2003, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., Kensington, MD.