Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Chamber 5

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen while relaxing in a transparent, cylindrical chamber. This therapy promotes blood vessel formation, increases oxygen flow to damaged tissues, reduces swelling, allows the body to kill germs and promotes healing, all by supplying 100 percent oxygen to the body at a high concentration. For those patients that require HBOT, the improvement can be substantial.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is raised up three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) approved uses for hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Carbon monoxide complicated by cyanide poisoning clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Decompression sickness
  • Enhancement in healing in selected problem wounds
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections (subcutaneous tissue, muscle, fascia)
  • Osteomyelitis (chronic refactory)
  • Radiation tissue damage (osteo and soft tissue radionecrosis)
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Thermal burns
  • Adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen in intracranial abscess
  • Additional indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Spider bites – brown recluse
  • Hydrogen sulfide poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Selecte refractory anaerobic infection
  • Pyoderma