Intermountain Medical Center’s hyperbaric medicine service offers specialized treatment to patients with chronic wounds, tissue damage from radiation, and certain infections, as well as for emergency conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning, diving accidents, and gas embolism.
Our walk-in 26-ton chamber is ideal for outpatients and can treat up to eight individuals at a time. Patients who are critically ill and need extensive medical support can be treated in a single-person hyperbaric chamber inside the ICU.
Our hyperbaric team is directed by specialists who have operated Intermountain Healthcare's world-renowned hyperbaric program for more than 20 years. At Intermountain Medical Center we have both a multi-person chamber and some single-person chambers.
The large multi-person chamber offers many advantages over the traditional cylindrical design, including more usable floor space, easier patient transport in and out of the chamber, and increased patient comfort. Inside it looks just like another hospital room. This chamber also has hypobaric, or reduced pressure, capabilities to simulate increased altitude, which will be used for research and evaluating patients who live or travel to altitude.
Operating single-person chambers in tandem with a multi-person chamber is the optimal configuration for a hyperbaric service. The larger chamber ensures sufficient capacity so patients aren't waiting to begin a course of therapy, and the smaller chambers offer flexibility in treatment timing and oxygen dose. The smaller chambers can also be moved into the intensive care units when patients there need hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and technicians have an average tenure of 10 years in hyperbaric medicine. We have been involved in numerous research studies over the years that have helped shaped hyperbaric oxygen therapy across the globe. Our research has included carbon monoxide poisoning, hyperbaric oxygen in brain injury, and equipment testing and benchmarking in the hyperbaric environment.
Our hyperbaric service is accredited through the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. We are staffed 24/7 to accommodate patients who need hyperbaric oxygen therapy on an emergency basis.