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Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Earns Accreditation

By Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk, CT - Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center recently earned national accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a nonprofit international organization that serves as a primary source of scientific information for divers and hyperbaric medicine physiology.

One of only six Connecticut hospitals to receive this recognition, it demonstrates the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center’s commitment to meeting rigorous industry standards for patient care, facility safety and practice evidence-based medicine.

The accreditation program is voluntary and involved the wound center’s care team submitting detailed data on hyperbaric medicine quality, safety, patient outcomes, policies and procedures to UHMS. UHMS experts then completed an onsite survey to examine staffing, training, equipment installation, operation and maintenance; facility and patient safety; and standards of care.

“Our wound care center was the first in New England to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and its accreditation further acknowledges the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team, state-of-the-art treatment chambers, our commitment to a positive patient experience and facility safety,” comments Nancy Flournoy, hyperbaric safety director. She adds, “Hyperbaric therapy is a well known conventional treatment for diabetic wounds and carbon monoxide poisoning, but it can also treat a number of other conditions including severe anemia and bone infections.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a painless, non-invasive medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% pure oxygen at a pressure up to three times higher than normal air pressure while inside one of the hospital’s two comfortable treatment chambers. When used in conjunction with standard wound care, hyperbaric oxygen stimulates and promotes the healing of difficult wounds.

For more information about Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, please call 203-852-2434 or visit

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