Patients

You Need to Know

ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT

If you or a loved one are wondering if we can help with one of the following conditions, please contact us:

SPECIALIZED CARE FOR SERIOUS WOUNDS

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Persistent skin irritations
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Radiation injuries
  • Burns
  • Vasculitis and other inflammatory ulcers
  • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

PREPARING FOR HBOT (WHAT TO EXPECT)

Routine hyperbaric treatments last approximately 2 hours. Treatments should be painless. Because of the air pressure changes in the chamber, a patient’s ears will have a sense of fullness when the chamber compresses, similar to flying in an airplane. If there is any pain during the treatment, patients should notify the hyperbaric attendant.

If wound care is required, the wound care and/or hyperbaric staff will perform dressing changes on patients prior to or immediately after their treatment. Patients will be assigned a specific time for their care. The hyperbaric physician will see a patient based on his/her condition. The hyperbaric staff will update the physician on the patient’s progress.

Rarely, some patients may experience temporary visual changes due to hyperbaric treatments. Patients should not buy any new glasses or contact lenses during hyperbaric treatment. Vision status will stabilize 6 – 8 weeks after treatments have ended.

IS HBOT FOR EVERYONE?

ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS TO HBOT?

[CONTRAINDICATE] v. To indicate the inadvisability of something, such as a medical treatment.

The only absolute Contraindication for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an untreated pneumothorax. (Collapsed lung) As It would not be safe to treat a patient in this condition, we require a chest X-ray to rule out this condition before treatment begins.

Other conditions that require increased attention from the hyperbaric physician are called “Relative contraindications”. This means that patients may still be able to treat, but attention is given to these underlying conditions:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Congenital spherocytosis
  • Emphysema with CO2 retention
  • History of optic neuritis
  • History of reconstructive ear surgery
  • History of spontaneous pneumothorax
  • History of thorax surgery