Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Pronounced: hi-purr-BEAR-ick ox-a-jen the-ra-peeEn Español (Spanish Version)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen in a sealed chamber. This concentration is 5 times higher than the normal air we breathe. The chamber is also pressurized to create 1.5 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. These changes can improve blood circulation and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body.
This procedure has been used to treat many health problems, including:
- An air bubble (embolism) which gets into the circulatory system and blocks blood flow
- Decompression sickness —which can occur when divers or miners come to the surface too quickly
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Wound healing, especially in those with poor circulation
- Radiation therapy injuries following treatment for cancer
- Skin grafts, flaps, or burns
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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Last reviewedDecember 2014by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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