We treat and cure all types of burns at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan and we do it in our outpatient office so that you don’t have to go to the hospital.
We help patients heal second, third and fourth degree burns. Let’s discuss each of these.
Classification of Burns
A first-degree or superficial burn affects only the epidermis or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, and dry with no blistering. A mild sunburn is one example of a first-degree burn. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of a lightening or a darkening in the skin color.
With a third-degree or full-thickness burn, the epidermis and dermis are destroyed. Burns that also damage to the underlying tendon, muscle, and bone are considered to be fourth-degree burns. The burn site appears white or charred and no sensation is felt in the area because the nerve endings have been destroyed and worse, the blood vessels carrying needed oxygen have also been destroyed.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Burns
Proven Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Treating Burns
Therapeutic use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in burns is most often utilized for second and third degree burn cases. In third degree burns, the initial thermal injury occurs followed by circumferential, widening tissue loss. HBOT given within the first 48 to 72 hours following thermal injury increases the oxygen saturation to the body by up to 10 times that of breathing air at sea level. This can halt extending tissue destruction beyond the initial area of thermal injury by supplying the body with added oxygen that, in turn, can bring the damaged area “back to life.”
In short, serious thermal burns patient are great candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy due to the halting of thermal injury beyond the initial burn. In addition, HBOT promotes new blood vessel and tissue growth while preventing new infection.
Our outpatient facility, located on the border of West Bloomfield, Walled Lake and Commerce township, is just minutes from many Michigan Oakland County cities. We also serve Macomb and Wayne counties.
For a more in-depth look at burns, read Dr. Bruce Ruben’s published article in Woundsource on burns HERE.