Frequently asked questions are understandable, especially when a patient is unfamiliar with what we do. Here are just a few that may help you even before you step foot in our office.
1. How long must I come to get my I.V. treatments?
Although each case is different, the average is 2-6 weeks, depending on how the patient responds.
2. How long is a hyperbaric oxygen therapy “dive?”
On average, 2 hours, including the time to get to the correct air pressure and then to come back “up.”
3. Why must I come 7 days a week to get my I.V. treatment for my infection?
Just like any other medication taken for a medical problem, antibiotics need to be administered daily until we achieved maximum medical improvement. And, yes, we are open on the weekends because infections don’t know what day of the week it is!
4. Are you handicapped accessible?
We are very proud to say, “yes,” we are disability-friendly and have plenty of handicapped parking right outside our ground floor entry office. We are even happy to come outside, help you out of your car, and into our office!
5. If the name of my specific infection isn’t listed on your website, can you still help me?
Yes! We treat all types of infections and because the number and type of infections are too numerous to list, we want to ensure that anyone with an infection (and/or a non-healing wound) knows that we are here to help and restore health, even if it’s not specifically listed by name on our site. We ask, however, that you consult with your primary care physician to make sure that infectious disease expert Dr. Bruce Ruben is appropriate for your condition. Once your doctor feels a visit here would be helpful, simply call our office at 248-624-9800, go to our contact page and fill out a contact form.
6. Do you use a PICC lines?
We first try utilizing“butterfly” needles, because it is 100% safe from transmission of infection before offering a PICC line which has potential adverse complications.
7. Do you use hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism, cerebral palsy, or cancer?
At the time, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society does not find enough evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful in most cases.
These are just some frequently asked questions and you may have more! Simply fill out our contact form and someone will get back to you shortly.