Questions & Answers
What is hyperbaric Oxygen
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is made of therapy in
which the patient breaths 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber
at levels 2-3 times greater than normal atmospheric pressure. When we
are out and about in our usual environment, the concentration of
oxygen in the air is approximately 21% and the Atmospheric Pressure
Absolute (ATA) is 1.0. When in the chamber, the pressure can be
increased to 3.0 ATA depending on which medical condition is being
How does it work?
the normal environment, our bodies depend on the blood traveling
through our arteries to deliver oxygen to our organs and body tissues.
If the blood supply to any part of our body is inadequate, that tissue
may be damaged by the lack of oxygen. Some part of the previously
damaged tissue may deteriorate because it was starved of oxygen, and
the surrounding area may not function as well because the oxygen
supply is inadequate.
The increased pressure within the
hyperbaric chamber raises the patient's plasma oxygen concentration,
which results in an increased supply of oxygen to the body's tissue.
If we can provide oxygen to the deprived tissue, then we can hope to
regain some function of that tissue and create new tissue. The effects
of hyperbaric oxygen therapy cannot be duplicated with topical oxygen.
What conditions can be treated
with hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
has been in use for over 40 years in many parts of the world to treat
many different conditions, such as decompression sickness, air
embolism, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, hyperbaric oxygen is
used successfully as an adjunctive or secondary therapy, for
conditions such as acute and chronic bone and soft tissue infections,
hypoxic non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, preservation
of compromised soft tissue flaps and grafts, and management of wounds
in radiated tissue. In more recent years, hyperbaric oxygen has been
used to treat brain injuries that have resulted from oxygen
deprivation. These injuries can be the result of some event before or
during childbirth, of traumatic injury at any time in life, or even
due to stroke.
Diseases/Conditions Approved for
How long do treatments last?
With the exception of decompression sickness and cerebral arterial gas
embolism, periods of treatment last approximately 60-90 minutes.
Treatments may be given once or twice daily, and can be provided in
both inpatient and outpatient settings. Usually 20-40 treatments are
How can I find out more about
hyperbaric oxygen therapy and hot to get started?
would like to find out more about hyperbaric oxygen and our facility
treatment center, please call 985.641.4985 today and ask for our
Certified Hyperbaric Medicine Unit Nurse. We would be happy to answer
any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment to meet with
you in person.