Time To Heal

Henry Mayo provides skilled and specialized care to wound patients—a vital service that will get even better thanks to the addition of new hyperbaric chambers

New hyperbaric chambers

Wound care requires a special touch and the latest, most innovative treatments. Patients get both at Henry Mayo’s Outpatient Wound Care Services. 

Located on the hospital’s campus, the Wound Care team is specially trained and incredibly committed to giving patients the best results possible. 

“Our staff gets ongoing training because wound care is constantly evolving,” said Ayda Rezaimalek, MHA, Program Manager. “My team has an undeniable passion to heal wounds and also has the necessary compassion to care above and beyond for our patients.”

The most common wound types the team treats are acute and postsurgical, and those resulting from radiation, chronic diabetes, and complicated vascular injuries. 

“We see any and all wounds, so our team is highly skilled to treat wounds appropriately; not all wounds are the same,” Rezaimalek said. 

In December 2016, construction began on the installation of hyperbaric chambers at the hospital, an addition that will significantly reduce healing times for many wound patients. 

“In a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal. This allows the lungs to gather more oxygen than would 
be possible by breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. This increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, which can help heal the body more quickly,” Rezaimalek explained. “This helps fight bacteria and stimulate growth factors and stem cells, which essentially promotes healing.”

The hyperbaric chambers should be in place this summer and will be the only such service in the Santa Clarita Valley. 

“Henry Mayo’s Wound Care team members are experts in this specialty, and the hyperbaric chamber just takes our abilities to the next level,” Rezaimalek said. “Our healing rate of 95 percent pretty much says it all.” IYH