Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
February 27, 2015
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. As this treatment has to administered under pressure, hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are used with the patients inside the pressurised chamber vessel. HBOT is widely used throughout the diving and medical world.
Divers Decompression Chambers (DDC)
When divers have been diving at depth for any length of time, they get a build up of gasses within the body. If a diver ascends too quickly, these built up gasses can cause air bubbles in the divers bloodstream which is due to the extreme changes in pressure. Hyperbaric chambers are used on the surface to aid the divers natural decompression back to normal atmospherice pressure. Without the facility of a hyperbaric chamber on the surface the divers would be prone to the 'bends' due to air bubbles in the blood. In serious cases this can lead to a stroke or death.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chambers (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used within the medical industry to aid a range of treatments. For many other conditions, the therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in its ability to drastically increase partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body. As patients are breathing 100% pure oxygen, this causes the red blood cells to carry much more oxygen than would normally occur when breathing 100% oxygen at normobaric conditions (normal atmospheric pressure).
In particular, HBOT has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of problem wounds. Breathing pure oxygen drastically slows the rate at which bacteria can multiply which can prevent infections and speed up the healing process.