Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a treatment done to increase the oxygen content in the blood in order to promote healing. Southwest Regional wound care center treats the best Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Brownfield.
At Southwest Regional wound care center, Brownfield Texas, we use hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the different of different severe wound conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves placing a patient in a pressurized room or an oxygen chamber so that the patient can breathe 100% pure oxygen.
The oxygen content is multiple times more than the normal oxygen content in the air. The lungs are able to accumulate more oxygen which would’ve been impossible breathing normal air.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment helps to fight against bacteria and stimulate the release of stem cells and growth factors which facilitates the healing process.
Conditions treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
There are different conditions with which hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to facilitate the healing process. These include:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Severe burns
- Radiation wounds
- Wounds due to poor blood circulation
- Bone infections
- Severe anemia
- Arterial gas embolism
- Decompression sickness
- Brain abscess
- Skin infection that leads to death tissue in the skin
- Crushing injury
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Skin graft or flap at risk of death of tissue
- Sports injuries and more
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is performed
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is performed as an outpatient procedure. A patient can go back home immediately after completing the procedure.
The therapy can be performed in two settings or chamber depending on the medical facility and the reason for treatment.
The settings or chambers are:
Individual Hyperbaric Oxygen unit
The individual hyperbaric oxygen unit is a unit designed for one person. It is an oxygen chamber where the patient will lie down on a table that slides into a clear pressurized plastic tube.
Multi-person Hyperbaric Oxygen room
This is an oxygen room designed to accommodate several people. A patient receives oxygen through a mask or a clear hood placed over the head. The air pressure during a hyperbaric oxygen therapy is multiple times the normal air pressure.
A patient in a pressurized room will feel a temporary feeling of fullness in the air. This can be relieved by swallowing or yawning.
You may be required to take short breaks to breathe normal air so as to prevent oxygen poisoning. It also prevents the tissues in the body from accumulating excess oxygen.
The therapy may last for as more as 2 hours or as short as a few minutes depending on the nature of infection or condition. A patient with serious or highly deteriorating condition may be required to repeat the procedure several times.
Complications and risks
The therapy is a safe procedure. Complications are very rare.
Complications that may arise include:
- Injuries in the ear such as leaking fluid and rupture of the eardrum.
- The lungs could collapse due to the increased air pressure
- Patients may feel temporary near-sightedness due to changes in the eye lens.
- Patients may experience seizures due to the increase in the amount of oxygen in the central nervous system.
- Oxygen poisoning.
- Some patients may experience anxiety or claustrophobia due to be confined in the oxygen chamber.
Contact Southwest Regional wound care center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment, Brownfield.