The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is now accredited as a Level 1 facility with distinction by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). It is the largest multi-place facility in the region to receive this accreditation.
“Achieving accreditation with distinction is a testament to the dedication of our team,” said Renie Guilliod, M.D., medical and fellowship director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, and a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas via release. “Our dedicated team members work together to provide our patients with high-quality, compassionate care.”
The IEEM’s Hyperbaric Medicine Unit treats delayed injury from radiation therapy, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene and decompression illness in divers. Lesions cannot heal when blood supply and oxygenation isn’t sufficient, but the increased pressure in a hyperbaric chamber improves the oxygenation of the blood so that compromised skin grafts, diabetic foot ulcers, and other conditions can heal effectively.
The UHMS, an international nonprofit organization, has only accredited 14 percent of all hyperbaric units in the US, and only four percent are accredited with distinction. The IEEM is a collaboration between Texas Health Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas that promotes research, education, and clinical practice to improve life for people of all ages.
“Having one of the country’s few hyperbaric units accredited with distinction is a tremendous benefit for the patients of North Texas,” said Jim Parobek, the hospital’s interim president via release. “From compromised skin grafts to infections and divers’ illnesses, the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit staff is able to provide top-notch care.”