Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment wherein the patient breaths 100% oxygen while being inside a high pressure environment (2 -3 ATA) for a prescribed period of time. It delivers increasing amount of dissolved oxygen to the blood. This helps the body to heal itself by making oxygen available to body tissues and organs, which were not receiving an adequate blood supply because of illness or trauma.
This unit offers state-of-art chamber built as per international norms. The chamber is large enough to accommodate six seated patients or two lying patients plus a nursing staff and provides 24×7 support for emergencies. The chamber has an air lock safety provision allowing entry and exit of staff / patients without disturbing the pressure in the main chamber. The unit has patient monitoring facility along with transcutaneous oximetry monitoring.
Indications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Non-healing wounds and ulcers – Diabetic, Venous etc.
- Infective wounds – Gas Gangrene, Refractory Osteomyelitis, Necrotizing soft tissue infections etc.
- Acute Traumatic Ischemia, Crush Injuries, Compartment Syndromes.
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps.
- Thermal Burns.
- Radiation induced tissue damage and complications.
- For preparation of surgery or implant procedures in previously irradiated fields.
Primary Line of Treatment
- Air or Gas Embolism.
- Decompression Sickness.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Smoke Inhalation.
- Acute Sensori Neural Hearing Loss
- Intracranial Abscess
- Bell’s Palsy
- Neurological rehabilitation of Cerebral Palsy & Head Injury.
- Radio-sensitizer in Glioblastoma Mutiforme and re-irradiation of Sqamous Cell Carcinoma.
Beneficial Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Safe therapy with very few and minor side effects.
- Addition of HBOT obviates the need for frequent surgical procedures, promotes healing and early mobilization of the patient.
- Reduces length of hospitalization and thereby overall treatment and rehabilitation costs.
- The only treatment available in some indications like Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Post Radiotherapy complications etc.
Dr. Dhiraj Saxena