About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Through the use of a special chamber that increases atmospheric pressure, hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers 100 percent oxygen throughout the entire body. The increased level of oxygen enters the blood and body tissues to promote healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was initially used to treat deep-sea divers with decompression sickness known as \"the bends.\" However, over the past few decades, the role of this unique therapy has expanded to include the treatment of a number of other medical conditions, particularly those that do not respond to other therapies.
Conditions We Treat
Chronic non-healing wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers
Late effect injuries from radiation therapy
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Air or gas embolism
Acute anaerobic infections
Skin grafts and flaps
Severe crush injuries
Exceptional blood loss anemia (when religious beliefs or an inability to cross-match blood make transfusion impractical)
From time to time there are claims that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is being used to successfully treat a number of other medical conditions. However, there is little or no clinical evidence to support these claims. At University Hospital we adhere strictly to treating only the conditions approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The list is reviewed every two years. UHMS, whose mission is to promote sound treatment protocols and standards of practice, is recognized worldwide as the primary source of information on hyperbaric medicine.
Major Services Provided
- Hyperbaric Medicine Services