HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)

HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)

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.

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 monoplace or a multiplace chamber. The monoplace chamber accommodates a single person for each treatment.

The effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are as follows:

  • Relief oxygen starvation
  • Improve microcirculation
  • 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.

Accepted problems for which HBOT is used include the following:

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Acute traumatic ischemia
  • Exceptional blood loss
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Some non-healing wounds
  • Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Radiation necrosis or side effect of radiotherapy
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Thermal Burns wound
  • Acid burn wound
  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Intracranial abscess (infection or pus in the brain)
  • Exceptional blood loss anemia
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Sports injuries

 Hyperbaric oxygen also has been found to be helpful in a vast number of conditions, including the following:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Infections of all types
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism
  • Cancer especially before chemotherapy. (It sensitize cancer cell to chemotherapy)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Vascular disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Decreased immune function
  • Venomous bites
  • Before and after surgery
  • General wellness and Prevention
  • Backache
  • Baby and children (usually burnt wound or cerebral palsy) can also go into hyperbaric oxygen chamber together with their parent.

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