Unfortunately by the late 1970s, the tendency of unprofessional and often indiscriminate use of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment was recognized. For a variety of reasons some practitioners were searching to cure anything by Hyperbaric Chambers.
In order to prevent backlash from the strict scientific approach and protect patients from indiscriminate use, professional hyperbaric organizations had to establish guidelines for the employment of Hyperbaric Therapy.
"The patient breathes 100% oxygen intermittently while the pressure of the treatment chamber is increased to greater than one atmosphere absolute (atm abs). Current information indicates that pressurization should be at least 1.4 atm abs. This may occur in a single person chamber (monoplace) or multiplace chamber (may hold 2 or more people). Breathing 100% oxygen at 1 atm abs or exposing isolated parts of the body to 100% oxygen does not constitute HBO2 therapy."
HBOT Indications approved by UHMS Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee
The list of medical conditions treated by HBOT internationally is much wider. In USA and Europe they are referred to as off-label indications. Often these are not reimbursed by insurance as being categorized as Investigational.
Investigational HBOT indications (often called Off-Label indications)
Peripheral nerve injury and neuropathies, demyelination
Fracture repair, delayed and non-union
Post surgical instability
Aid to prosthesis rehabilitative care
Acute acoustic Trauma
Peripheral Vascular Disorders
Acute and Chronic arterial insufficiency
Delayed wounds, recurrent ulcers an infections
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
Post surgical soft tissue infections
Non- healing post surgery, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery
Pre and Post Surgery healing, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery
Closed head injury
Soft tissue musculoskeletal injuries
Contraindications to HBOT
Studies and clinical evidence of last decades have provided enough data confirming positive physiologic effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a number of health conditions. However like with most drugs, contraindications to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) do exist. There are absolute and relative contraindications to HBOT.120
Pacemakers (their technical specifications should be revised prior the treatment to avoid deformation)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Side Effects
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is generally safe and well tolerated. Most side-effects are mild and reversible, although adverse events can occur in rare cases (reversible myopia, symptomatic otic barotraumas, pulmonary barotraumas or pulmonary oxygen toxicity, as well as seizures due to central nervous system oxygen toxicity).236, 237
Here is the list:
Barotrauma (otic, sinus, pulmonary)
Oxygen induced seizures and other CNS effects
Pulmonary oxygen toxicity
Visual refractive changes
Statistics show that breathing densely packed molecular oxygenwhich is precisely what you do when you undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapyis extremely safe. According to Philip James, medical director of the University of Dundees Wolfson Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Oxygen is the most researched drug on the face of the planet with no known side effects.
But if this is true, why the fuss? Read more about oxygen toxicity...
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.