Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Not all patients require Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO), though it is recommended for certain diagnoses. Approximately 10% of our wound care patients require HBO treatment. HBO is administered through an oxygen chamber, allowing patients to breathe 100% oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure. It is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Patients lie in the chamber anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes per session. This process raises oxygen levels in the plasma, which can then carry oxygen to all body tissues, healing the wound.
Introduced in the mid-1960s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. While in treatment, patients can watch movies, listen to music, or simply rest while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum (such as that felt when an airplane lands), due to the compressed air in the chamber.
PeaceHealth Wound Healing Center
4280 Meridian StBellingham, WA 98226