ARE YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFERING FROM ANY OF THESE 14 CONDITIONS?
1. Air or gas embolism
2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
3. Gas Gangrene
4. Traumatic Injuries limiting blood flow
5. Decompression sickness
6. Problem wounds that won’t heal
7. Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
8. Infections on the head or body that won’t heal (Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections)
9. Bone infections (Osteomyelitis)
10. Problems from radiation therapy that won’t heal (Soft Tissue Radionecrosis and Osteoradionecrosis
11. Problem skin grafts or flaps
12. Problem burns
13. Sudden hearing loss in one ear
Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment: aids in the treatment of many other diagnosis like sickle cell anemia, autism, cerebral disorders, strokes, and more.
Osteomyelitis is an inflammatory bacterial infection of bone caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudo-monas aeruginosa. Doctors use aggressive surgical and antibiotic therapies to remove the infection, but the healing process can slow dangerously. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is proven to speed the healing process. Under normal circumstances, the amount of oxygen in the bone is low. HBOT forces more oxygen into the bone tissues and that helps kill the infection and helps the bone and surrounding tissues heal faster.
NECROTIZING SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
Necrotizing infections reduce the amount of oxygen in body tissues near the infection allowing the infection to grow and spread. Antibiotics aren’t always useful against the infection because of insufficient oxygen. They need oxygen to work properly, which is provided by HBOT. Death rates are lower among patients with necrotizing infection who receive HBOT treatments plus standard therapy, and they require fewer debridements.
SOFT TISSUE RADIONECROSIS
Some patients taking radiation therapy experience complications that emerge long after the treatment. One such delayed complication is damage to small blood vessels. Scientific studies show that HBOT is a therapy that heals areas affected by soft tissue radio necrosis.
Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) can be another side effect from cancer treatment, when bone sustains damage to its cells and the blood cells supplying it. Four areas of the body most likely to be damaged are the lower jaw, or mandible; the chest wall; the pelvis and spinal column; and the skull. Damage is most common in the mandible. These wounds fail to heal. Fortunately the damaged bone responds to HBOT.
Despite the best efforts of doctors and patients, many diabetic patients develop skin ulcers. When the skin breaks down on the feet, a diabetic can face difficult challenges. Diabetic patients often require hospitalization when they develop lesions on their feet. Early, aggressive wound care strategies that include the use of hyperbaric therapy can prevent amputations, and often vastly improve the quality of life for patients.
Criteria for Diabetic Wounds:
1. 30 Days with minimal improvement
2. TCOM reading of 35- or higher
UNDERSTANDING HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Pure Oxygen : Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is pure oxygen. The air we normally breathe contains 21% oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides 100% oxygen within a pressurized chamber. This hyperbaric, or high pressure, dose of oxygen provides distinct therapeutic benefits and is used to treat a variety of illnesses as well as problem wounds. It may be used as the primary treatment for some disorders, but it is often combined in treatment plans with antibiotics and surgery.
How it works : During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you will breath 100% oxygen while you are within the comfortable hyperbaric chamber. The chamber is pressurized as prescribed by your doctor. The therapy greatly increases the amount of oxygen delivered to your body tissues by the bloodstream. It is important to understand that the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy result from an oxygen enriched bloodstream and not from oxygen contact with wounds.
The Benefits : Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides many benefits in treating certain illnesses and problem wounds. While your physician will discuss the specific reason for your referral to the Hyperbaric Center for this therapy, generally hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides one or more of the following benefits:
1. Enhanced wound healing and the immune response system
2. Reduces Bacterial formation
3. Stimulation production of white and red blood cells
4. New blood vessel formation (Neovascularization)
5. Oxygenates and preserves ischemic/ damaged tissues by increased 02 delivery
6. Reduction or elimination of the effects of toxic gases
7. Reduces bubble size
8. Reduction in Inflammation or edema
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THERAPY
A Comfortable Environment
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you will lie conformably in the chamber and breathe normally. Typically, patients feel no differently than when lying in bed. You may listen to music, watch movies, or nap throughout your therapy. You may experience a sensation of fullness in your ears during a portion of the therapy. This sensation is similar to the mild pressure you may feel when flying, or driving up and down a mountain road, as your eardrums respond to the pressure changes associated with changes in elevation. Prior to therapy, you will be taught several easy techniques to avoid ear pressure discomfort.
The Number of Treatments
The number of treatments you may receive during you course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy will depend on your individual needs. Patients with problem wounds often require 20 to 40 treatments to achieve maximum benefits. The care team at the Hyperbaric Center will discuss your personal treatment plan with you before therapy begins. The exact number of treatments will depend, in large part, upon your body’s response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The frequency of treatments varies for each individual, but typically outpatients receive treatments once a day, for five days a week.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy typically does not produce any after-effects. Like all medical treatments, however, hyperbaric oxygen therapy does present some risks. While these risks are quite rare, the care team will discuss them with you before you consent to therapy. Occasionally, between treatments, some patients may experience a crackling sensation in the ears. This sensation can be easily relieved using the same techniques to relieve ear pressure that are used during therapy. If this sensation does persist, please report the problem to the Hyperbaric Center care team. On rare occasions, patients may develop a temporary change in eyesight after extensive treatment programs. In these extremely rare instances, any altered vision usually return to pretreatment levels within six to eight weeks after therapy has been completed.
PREPARING FOR THERAPY
No Smoking : Tobacco products constrict blood vessels, and limit the delivery of blood and oxygen to the body’s tissues.
List all Medications : It is very important that you provide a complete list of all medications, you are taking, both prescribed and non-prescription, you are taking to the care team at the Hyperbaric Center. Since some medications change the body’s response to oxygen, the care team will discuss your individual medications with you prior to therapy.
Illness : Your therapy may have to be rescheduled if you experience any symptoms of illness. Please let the care team know immediately if you are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stuffy nose, headache or generalized body aches. If you need any further information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, please call your physician or a member of the care team at the Hyperbaric Center. We’ll be glad to assist you.
After every Hyperbaric Treatment, the patient should drink plenty of fluids, avoid hot showers or baths, non-prescribed medications, caffeine, carbonated beverages, alcohol, strenuous exercise, oily spicy foods, avoid exposure to higher elevations (more than 1000 ft) or do not fly until 72 hours after the last treatment or cleared by the dive physician.