Which Organisations Oversee Hyperbaric Medicine?
Two major bodies in the northern hemisphere review the evidence and make recommendations regarding appropriate medical conditions for which hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) may be used. These bodies are the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
Which conditions can be treated with Hyperbaric Medicine?
At DDRC Healthcare we are guided by the evidence and recommendations of these governing bodies, regarding which conditions we can treat.
Patients are referred by their consultant/specialist and assessed for suitability of treatment. Everything is explained in detail so that patients are reassured and know they are going to be well cared for. The decision regarding whether or not we will treat a patient lies with our Clinical Team and Clinical Director.
A list of approved conditions that we can treat with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) can be found below.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?
Oxygen makes up 21% of the air that we ordinarily breathe.
During HBOT treatment the patient breathes 100% oxygen intermittently, usually through a hood or a mask, whilst inside a pressurised chamber.
Breathing 100% oxygen under pressure causes oxygen to be dissolved into plasm, the liquid part of the blood. By intermittently increasing the amount of oxygen in the tissues the healing process is enhanced.
HBOT can encourage new growth of capillaries, increases the ability of the body to fight infection and kill bacteria and can reduce swelling.