Hyperbolic Oxygen Chamber Benefits

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamer

Scribe: Sharon Vining

Email: sharon@thethinkering.com ►

 

A few years ago I admitted a patient into ICU for cocaine overdose.  What I remember most about the case was the patient had necrosis of nose.  The nose was totally black.  We did not expect him to make it through the night, but somehow he did.  After a few days, he stabilized and moved out of ICU.  From there he started hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).  About a month after I first admitted him to ICU, I saw him again.  To my amazement, his nose had completely recovered.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber where the air pressure is raised to 1 ½ to 3 times higher than normal air pressure.  This means your lungs can gather three times more oxygen than is possible when breathing pure oxygen at a normal air pressure.

As the super oxygenated blood travels throughout the body, it stimulates the releases of substances such as stem cells and growth factors.  Some therapeutic benefits are:

  1. Stimulates growth of new blood vessels
  2. Increases the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria
  3. Increases the ability to metabolize and remove toxins
  4. Increases the body’s ability to fight infections
  5. Enhances the metabolic activity of previously marginally functioning cells including neurons
  6. Increases the growth of fibroblasts
  7. Accelerates cellular renewal
  8. Promotes new tissue development
  9. Decreases swelling and inflammation
  10. Stimulates collagen production.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rely on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and have approved HBOT for treatment of the following:

  1. Air or gas embolism
  2. Carbon monoxide poisoning
  3. Clostridal myositis
  4. Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic injury
  5. Decompression sickness
  6. Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  7. Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  8. Intracranial abscess
  9. Necrotizing soft tissue infection
  10. Osteomyelitis
  11. Delayed radiation injury
  12. Skin grafts and flaps
  13. Thermal burns
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