Hyperbaric Medicine at Dixie Regional
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO), traditionally thought of as a treatment for diving complications, has in recent years found a place in the treatment of many different illnesses and ailments.
HBO exposes the patient to greater than atmospheric pressure while breathing 100 percent oxygen. This causes a 10-15-fold increase in blood oxygen levels and promotes the repair of injured and diseased tissue. HBO can improve immune cell function, promote the growth of new blood vessels, help save damaged or diseased tissue, expedite wound healing, promote collagen synthesis and reduce swelling and inflammation.
Hyperbaric Medicine is a recognized medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. All care is provided under the guidance of the Medical Director who is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine. The associated physicians and staff working in the center have all undergone certification training approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society.
The Hyperbaric Chamber
The Hyperbaric Chamber at Dixie Regional Medical Center can treat up to five patients at one time. A staff member always accompanies patients receiving treatment. During the treatments patients can read or watch movies. A certified hyperbaric technician operates the chamber, with a hyperbaric physician on site at all times. Treatments last two hours and the average patient needs 20 to 40 treatments.
What can be treated with HBO?
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen has approved the use of HBO as adjunctive or primary treatment for the following diseases and conditions:
- Acute Blood Loss Anemia
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Crush injury and limb re-attachment
- Cyanide poisoning
- Decompression illness
- Gas embolism
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Delayed radiation injury
- Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
- Preparation/preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Acute Traumatic Peripheral Ischemia
- Thermal burn