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Florida Hospital Tampa Wound Healing Institute Receives Accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

Florida Hospital Tampa's Wound Healing Institute has received accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a program that recognizes clinical hyperbaric facilities demonstrating commitment to patient care and facility safety.

The Wound Healing Institute received zero recommendations from UHMS which means from a clinical and safety perspective, there were no recommendations for improvement. The Wound Healing Institute also received many compliments on Program leadership, medical leadership, patient satisfaction results and the tremendous integration of the program within the hospital. In Hillsborough County, there are only three accredited facilities and they are all in the Florida Hospital system and managed by Innovative Healing Systems.
“The three year accreditation demonstrates Florida Hospital Tampa’s commitment to providing the highest quality patient care at its Wound Healing Institute. We have worked very hard to accomplish this goal and we are pleased to announce this achievement. Approximately 92% of all wounds treated in our center are healed within 16 weeks, well above the national average of 80%. We look forward to serving our community with compassionate, outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Xavier F. Cannella, Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Wound Healing Institute.

A survey team composed of a physician, nurse and technician from the UHMS spent one week reviewing and surveying the hyperbaric chamber. The team also examined 25 different focus areas including compliance with the State and local codes for the facility, patient safety, adequacy of the chamber and equipment, staff training and quality of care.

The Florida Hospital Tampa Wound Healing Institute brings together a team of physicians, nurses and certified technologists to provide individualized treatment plans and comprehensive therapies to treat problem or chronic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment allows the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, to function more efficiently. The Wound Healing Institute provides a multidisciplinary approach to chronic wound care that creates the best possible outcome for patients.

Hyperbaric therapy is very effective for certain wounds that will not heal on their own, including diabetic ulcers, infected bone, non-healing surgical wounds, and late effects of radiation injuries. Hyperbaric treatment involves placing patients in pressurized chambers where they breathe 100% pure, pressurized oxygen. This amount of oxygen as opposed to the 21% we normally inhale with each breath, helps the body heal more efficiently.

There are approximately 1,500 Hyperbaric Wound Care Centers in the nation, and only 321 that are accredited. It is estimated that less than 8% of all facilities nationally hold accreditation.