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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – (HBOT):
HBOT, which is a simple non-invasive and painless treatment, uses a special chamber that is pressurized with 100% pure oxygen to achieve high levels of oxygen in the body.  This high concentration exceeds by as much as 10 times the level of oxygen that can be carried to a non-healing wound by blood alone. HBOT is FDA approved, and has been proven effective as an adjunctive therapy for specific indications. Forcing oxygen into the tissues, organs, brain, and fluids of the body is proposed to stimulate cell growth and regeneration, displace toxins and impurities, reduce swelling, and stimulate the immune system.  When utilized as a medical therapy, hyperbaric oxygen is a highly effective modality and can bring healing to damaged organs; promote the healing of chronic wounds, prevent limb loss, and in certain conditions, save lives.  Some potential Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy candidates are people with diabetes who have lower extremity wounds that are slow to heal; people with wounds that haven't shown improvement in 4 weeks of treatment; people with certain bone and skin infection; people with radiation injures; and people with compromised or failing skin grafts or flaps.


HBOT is Valuable in Treating:
•    Selected Problem Wounds
•    Acute Traumatic Ischemia
•    Refractory Osteomyelitis
•    Compromised Skin Grafts, Flaps
•    Crush Injuries
•    Necrotizing Soft Tissue Injuries
•    Radiation Tissue Damage
•    Diabetic Ulcer of Lower Extremities


The HBOT indication approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS):
•    Air or gas embolism
•    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
            -Carbon Monoxide Poison Complicated by Cyanide Poising
•    Clostridial Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
•    Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
•    Decompression Sickness
•    Arterial Insufficiencies
            -Central Renal Artery Occlusion
            -Enhancement of Healing in selected problem wounds
•    Severe Anemia
•    Intracranial Abscess
•    Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
•    Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
•    Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
•    Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
•    Thermal Burn Injury

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