Outpatient hyperbaric oxygen therapy is offered at the Logan Regional Wound and Hyperbaric Center using monoplace chambers. Our single-person chambers are the largest on the market and are made of clear acrylic to minimize feelings of claustrophobia.
To treat our patients, these chambers are filled with 100 percent oxygen so no masks or hoods have to be worn while in the chamber, resulting in increased comfort and patient satisfaction. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are normally painless. The patient can listen to music, watch TV, or nap in the chamber. The average session lasts about two hours.
Breathing 100 percent oxygen at pressures two to three times greater than atmospheric pressure at sea level dissolves more oxygen in the bloodstream and delivers it to every part of the body. This treatment is considered unnecessary in simple, well-perfused wounds, but can be used successfully in hypoxic or ischemic wounds such as diabetic wounds, venous stasis ulcers, failing grafts and flaps, and refractory osteomyelitis. In wound healing, hypoxia is an insufficient supply of oxygen which prevents normal healing processes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is able to combat clinical infection such as gas gangrene by acting directly on anaerobic bacteria, enhancing leukocyte and macrophage activity, and potentiating the effects of antibiotics.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively safe non-invasive therapy. Side effects include middle ear and pulmonary barotraumas and myopia. Contraindications include poor cardiac output and severe obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen has approved the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as adjunctive or primary treatment for the following diseases and conditions:
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Soft tissue radiation necrosis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic foot ulcers