SAN ANGELO, TX –– On Monday, Shannon announced one of its wound care facilities has received a prestigious accreditation.
According to the announcement, Shannon Wound Care South is now accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society or UHMS. This means the facility has met or exceeded the highest standards of care and patient safety within the specialty of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Participating in the UHMS accreditation program is voluntary and takes months of preparation.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves administering medical oxygen in a pressure chamber at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. The pressure then helps oxygen dissolve more rapidly into the blood, advancing its absorption into damaged tissues to promote healing of wounds, serious infections, pressure-related scuba diving injuries, arterial gas embolism, and other illnesses. A well-maintained chamber and trained support staff are essential in the daily operation of this important treatment adjunct.
"Our team of physicians, nurses, technicians, and management worked together prior to the accreditation survey to ensure compliance with UHMS-related standards of practice and safety measures. The survey team who visited our facility consisted of a physician, nurse and tech,nician, all of whom specialize in hyperbaric oxygen therapy," said Shannon in a statement. "Although their role included detailed queries, they came as colleagues in a specialty committed to success in achieving the highest standards in quality of care and safety for patients. The UHMS and its accredited facilities share the vision of helping facilities succeed in the field of hyperbaric medicine. For more information about the UHMS, visit uhms.org."