Without oxygen, we will die within minutes. Oxygen is a gift from God.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a medical treatment that uses the administration of 100 percent oxygen at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a prescribed amount of time—usually 60 to 90 minutes.
The atmospheric pressure of sea level is 760 mmHg and the pressure is also referred to 1 ATA (atmosphere absolute). Inside HBO chamber pressure is increasing to 2 or 3 ATA (atmosphere absolute)
The air we normally breathe contains 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen, and 1 percent carbon dioxide and all other gases.
Under normal wound healing conditions, when a wound fails to receive enough oxygen, the body cannot complete the wound healing process.
These wounds are called chronic wounds (wounds that do not heal in six to eight weeks despite traditional treatment) and can make a person susceptible to pain, infection, disability and, even worse, possible amputation of the infected limb.
The increase in pressure inside the chamber leads to oxygen dissolve in our body fluid (65-70% of our body weight is fluid) 15 – 20 times higher concentration and without the need to be carried by hemoglobin inside red blood cell.
The oxygen will diffuse to oxygen-deprived area like a wound, cerebrospinal fluid, lymphatic and spinal cord.
This increase in oxygen under controlled pressure means that oxygen can reach bone and tissue that is normally not accessible to red blood cells. Oxygen gas dissolve in our body fluid like gas dissolve in Coca-cola…or Pepsi.
HBO therapy is approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of many conditions including burns, diabetic ulcers, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
How Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Administered in IEMC?
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy at IEMC is administered through the use of a mono place chamber. The mono place chamber accommodates a single person for each treatment.
The effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are as follows:
- Relief oxygen starvation
- Improve micro circulation
- promote the growth of new blood vessels
- decreases and reverse swelling and inflammation
- deactivates toxins
- enhance white blood cell activities
- increase the body's ability to fight infections
- enhance the effect of antibiotics
- Stimulates fibroblast and osteoblast proliferation
- clears out toxins and metabolic waste products
- Increase collagen synthesis
- and improve the rate of healing
Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Safe?
Yes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an evidence-based treatment used to speed up the healing process in certain types of wounds. It is a painless, non-invasive treatment that is proven to heal and regenerate damaged tissues while reducing the risk for amputation. Like any medical treatment, however, potential side effects may occur. These risks are rare and will be discussed with you.