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06 Apr 2003 08:10 PDT
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Features & Benefits
Oxygen Therapy Reduces Diabetic
Amputations by 70%
OXYGEN VITAL FOR HEALING
The medical profession has long known that oxygen is vital for healing
wounds and treating many other aliments. Oxygen (by mask) is often the
first treatment provided to patients in hospital. This is because
oxygen in blood or tissue promotes the healing process. The question
has been asked - "How can this therapy be dramatically improved?""
The answer is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT. This is an
approved medical treatment by which the patient inhales 100% oxygen
while at a pressure greater than sea level. A standard treatment
pressure is 2.4-2.6 atmosphere absolute. This combination of increased
oxygen and this increased pressure provide the body with approximately
20 times the normal oxygen. This provides increased healing power
USES HYPERBARIC CHAMBER
The patient receives HBOT while in a reclined position in a one-person
Oxygen is delivered to the patient by either oxygen mask or hood. Air
breaks are taken periodically to ensure patients are protected from
"HBOT is both painless and non-invasive."
HBOT is both painless and non-invasive. The patient breathes normally
during therapy. Because of increased air pressure the patient may feel
a "stiffness" in their eardrum. The procedure to equalize the pressure
is the same as when one descends in an airplane. The attending
therapist will coach the patient during HBOT treatments. The
pressurization rate will be kept deliberately slow until the patient
becomes more proficient at equalization.
When the required pressure is reached the patient feels no differently
than at normal atmospheric pressure.
After therapy some patients experience brief dizziness or a popping,
clicking or fullness in the ears. This condition arises from residual
pressure in the middle ear, again similar to experience while in an
aircraft. As the pressure is reduced the condition dissipates.
SUCCESS CAN BE PREDICTED
Once a patient has been successfully screened, a further test called a
TCOM is performed. The TCOM test will predict the success of HBOT for
the individual case by measuring the oxygen absorption in the tissue
surrounding a wound. This test takes about 90 minutes.
"How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly
increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to body tissues
by the blood. All of the benefits provided by hyperbaric oxygen
therapy is the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the
bloodstream. There is no benefit from the surrounding oxygen within
the chamber being in contact with your wounds, allowing you to leave
your dressing in place
What Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Feel Like?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is normally painless. You simply sit
comfortably and rest fully in the chamber. You can listen to music,
watch TV, read or nap if you wish and feel no outside effects while
receiving your treatment. You may initially experience a fullness in
your ears during certain stages of the treatment. This is similar to
the sensation that is felt while flying in an airplane or driving down
a mountain as the eardrum responds to change in pressure. As part of
your introduction to the treatment, you will be taught several easy
methods to avoid ear discomfort.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Generally, patients experience no after-effects from hyperbaric oxygen
therapy. However, some patients report a "crackling" in their ears
between treatments. You can relieve this in the same way you cleared
your ears during changes in pressure while in the chamber. If the
"crackling" should continue please report this to the staff. Some
patients' report feeling lightheaded for a few minutes following the
treatment, but this is brief and they are able to continue with their
normal daily activities.
Rarely patients having hyperbaric oxygen therapy develop temporary
changes in eyesight. Studies have shown that in these rare cases that
altered vision is of short duration and will return to its
pre-treatment status within six to eight weeks after the cessation of
Like all medical treatments and procedures, some risks are associated
with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These risks are quite rare and they
will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments is individualized to each patient. Some
emergency treatments only require one or two treatments. Most wound
healing problems may require thirty treatments. These treatments by
provided twice a day, but more commonly treatments are provided once a
day for five of six days of each week until your treatment program is
The hyperbaric team will discuss your planned initial courses of
therapy with you before you start. The exact number of treatments will
be determined by your response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy and you
will be advised by the hyperbaric team as this information becomes
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Brief History Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Diabetic Research Directory
Randomized controlled trial. The mean length of hospital stay was 47
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Foot Ulcers
The Role of Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen and diabetic Neuropathy
TREATMENT OF DIABETIC FOOT WOUNDS
Mather Memorial Hospital is located in scenic Port Jefferson, Long
"Island Hyperbaric Medical Services,
an Alternative Medical Facility, is now open in Hicksville, Long
Island, N.Y., specializing in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), with
two monoplace chambers. HBOT has been shown to be highly effective for
Strokes, Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis. It
also is indicated for Chronic Infections, Delayed Wound Healing and
Lyme Disease. ISLAND HYPERBARIC MEDICAL SERVICES also provide
chelation, vitamin therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture."
For further information, please contact:
Angela Lease, Manager
16-20 West Village Green
Hicksville, N.Y. 11801
Tel: (516) 520-3930
Fax: (516) 520-5791
I have not been able to locate a place in the Islips area.
Hope this helps.