Hyperbaric chambers allow patients to breathe 100% oxygen inside a pressurized steel chamber.
What to expect
Hyperbaric chambers are often used by people with:
- diving-related injuries,
- carbon monoxide poisoning (from smoke, car exhaust, faulty furnaces, or other forms of combustion),
- arterial gas embolism (air or gas bubbles in the bloodstream),
- gas gangrene,
- crush injury,
- compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic problems where blood flow is reduced or cut off,
- exceptional blood loss anemia brain abscess (an accumulation of pus in the brain),
- necrotizing soft tissue infections (flesh-eating disease),
- chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis),
- delayed radiation injury ( side effect of cancer radiotherapy),
- skin grafts and flaps that are not healing well,
- thermal burns (from fire or electrical sources),
- diabetic non-healing ulcers.