Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered in a single patient hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100% oxygen to patients in an environment of increased atmospheric pressure. The therapy works throughout your entire body as the increased level of oxygen enters the blood and body tissues.

Hyperbaric chambers encompass the whole patient, and are constructed of clear acrylic plastic to allow a full view outside of the chamber, and allow our staff to monitor and support critically ill patients.

The Benefits

While hyperbaric oxygen therapy was initially used to treat divers with decompression sickness, its role has expanded to become a treatment for many other illnesses and medical conditions such as healing chronic wounds. Patients with diabetes often develop severe non-healing wounds, requiring surgical intervention. Diabetics with pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers and other types of wounds that fail to respond to conservative therapy may also be candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by:
  • Saturating the plasma with oxygen, resulting in increased oxygen delivery to support cell function until surrounding tissues can help with healing.
  • Increasing the rate of new blood vessel growth.  Especially important in radiation injuries.
  • Enhancing the white blood cells' capacity to kill bacteria.
  • Reducing edema through vasoconstriction.
  • Blocking cytotoxic effects of carbon monoxide and its reperfusion injury.
  • Counteracting the hypoxia of methemoglobinemia generated with the treatment of cyanide poisoning.
Web Links:

Hyperbaric Medical Association
American College of Hyperbaric Medicine

For more information on the Center for Hyperbaric and Wound Care, please call
(207)777-8331.

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