Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an internationally recognized treatment for the following 13 medical conditions

  1. Chronic non healing wounds
  2. Carbon monoxide poisoning
  3. Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  4. Failing skin grafts and flaps
  5. Gas Gangrene
  6. Necrotising Fasciitis (flesh eating disease)
  7. Decompression sickness
  8. Arterial Gas Embolus
  9. Crush injuries
  10. Burns
  11. Soft tissue and Osteo radionecrosis (radiation burns)
  12. Severe blood loss anaemia
  13. Cerebral abcesses

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can expedite the healing of certain types of chronic, non-healing wounds, such as diabetic wounds, as well as reduce patient suffering, disability and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and amputations.

Hyperbaric Chamber

Initial studies have shown that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy combined with proper wound care, adequate nutrition and control of the diabetes have resulted in a 75 to 90% success rate in healing chronic non-healing wounds, thus avoiding amputation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT):
involves administering 100% oxygen to patients in a specially constructed chamber, as shown in the photo.

The atmospheric pressure is increased two to three times normal for 90 minutes per session.

This has the effect of:

  • Quadrupling the oxygen concentration of the patient’s blood
  • Saturating the wound with oxygen, and
  • Enabling cells to function that fight infection and repair wounds.

This oxygen saturation lasts for up to two hours after completion of the treatment in the chamber. Treatment is repeated daily, for an average of thirty times.