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Hyperbaric Medicine for Professionals

Hyperbaric Medicine information for Professionals

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy is often used as an adjunct to other treatment such as surgery or antibiotics. 

Patients can be referred for HBO by a Consultant who should write to the Medical Director, Dr Christine Penny, who will review the case and assess the appropriateness of offering HBO therapy. Further information on the patient referral and funding process is provided here. 

Conditions for which HBO can be used at DDRC Healthcare are those which are approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM). We have also provided information on some conditions which we do not treat, due to a lack of evidence. 

How does HBO help different medical conditions?

Please click on each of the medical problems listed below for more information.

  1. Gas Embolism
  2. Decompression Illness (DCI)
  3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  4. Poor wound healing, including diabetic wounds
  5. Compromised grafts and flaps
  6. Long term side-effects of Radiotherapy
  7. Necrotising soft tissue infections (including Clostridial Myonecrosis - Gas Gangrene)
  8. Osteomyelitis (Refractory and including Malignant Otitis Externa)
  9. Crush injury, Compartment Syndrome and other acute traumatic Ischaemias
  10. Acute thermal burn injury
  11. Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  12. Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  13. Severe Anaemia
  14. Intracranial Abcess

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