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Gas Embolism for Patients

Gas embolism is when air or other gases within the bloodstream form bubbles and these bubbles block blood vessels. The commonest example in our work is that of arterial gas embolism, which we see in divers. More information on this can be found here.

Gas embolism can occur for other reasons. It can be an unfortunate and unintended complication of a medical procedure. For example, chest surgery, chest drain insertion or insertion of large lines into big veins for administration of fluids or drugs in hospital.

Both groups of patients are treated with HBO at our chamber under discussion with our duty doctor. The course of treatment varies depending on the individual case.

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