Are there any side effects?

The risks associated with hyperbaric oxygen are minimal. However, some patients may experience a few side effects. The most common complications include:

¨      sinus squeeze

¨      temporary changes in vision

¨      fatigue

What does a patient experience during treatment?

The first stage of treatment is compression, in which the pressure inside the system is gradually increased. The temperature increases but is later adjusted to a comfortable level. The patient will feel a fullness in the ears. Instructions are provided to help clear the pressure and relieve any temporary discomfort

Inside the chamber, the patient may sleep, watch TV or videotape, listen to music, read or just relax. When the treatment is completed, normal pressure is restored slowly.

What are some of the different kinds of chambers?

Monoplace chambers accommodate one patient and are pressurized with 100% oxygen that the patient breathes directly. The chamber is capable of providing biomedical monitoring, fluid resuscitation and ventrally support as required.

Dualplace chambers accommodate two seated patients, or one supine patient and an attendant and are pressurized with air. Patients breathe oxygen through a built-in-breathing system. A dualplace offers the advantage of a separate entry lock chamber, which allows the attendant, or physician to have access to the patient at all times.

Multiplace chambers accommodate between four and twenty-four patients and can be designed to specification based on anticipated patient load. The systems are pressurized with air and patients breathe oxygen through a built-in-breathing system.

These systems are large enough to allow for wheelchairs, critical care patients and accompanying medical staff.

How often is Hyperbaric Oxygen administered?

A variety of factors determine treatment protocol. Acute conditions may require a treatment period of ten days or less, while chronic conditions may require therapy over a few months. Although treatment schedules will vary, most treatments will be administered during one to two hour sessions, once or twice a day, several times a week.

Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy require hospitalization?

No, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be administered on an outpatient basis. All referrals must be made by a medical practitioner.

What are the currently accepted primary indications for hyperbaric oxygen?

  • · Air/Gas Embolisms

  • · Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation

  • · Decompression Sickness

  • · Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen in Intracranial Abscess

  • · Gas Gangrene

  • · Crush Injuries

  • · Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

  • · Enhanced Healing of Selected Wounds

  • · Exceptional Blood Loss

  • · Osteomyelitis

  • · Radiation Tissue Damage

  • · Skin Grafts and Flaps

  • · Thermal Burns

What are some of the adjunctive indications for hyperbaric oxygen?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is performed in certain instances that are life and/or limb threatening, but that are still considered experimental:

  •  Carbon Tetrachloride Poisoning (Acute)

  •  Cerebrovascular Accident (Acute-Thrombotic or Embolic)

  •  Head Injury (Cerebral Edema)

  •  Fracture Healing and Bone Grafting

  •  Hydrogen Sulphide Poisoning

  •  Pyoderma Gangrenosum Retinal (Central) Artery Insufficiency Acute

  •  Selected Refractory Mycoses:

  •  Mucormycosis, Candidiobolus Coronato

  •  Invasive Aspergillosis

  •  Sickle Cell Anemia Crises

  •  Spider Bite (Brown Recluse, Loxasceles reclusa)

  •  Spinal Cord Injury (Acute)

  •  Multiple Sclerosis

  •  Bell's Palsy