Which conditions can be treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to be a useful adjunctive therapy in the following conditions:

  • Non-healing and infected wounds – ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers (prevention of amputation)
  • Venous and arterial insufficiency ulcers
  • Bone infections such as osteomyelitis
  • Radiation injury in patients treated for cancer
  • Necrosis of bone or soft tissue in patients previously treated for cancer
  • Anaerobic Bacterial infections (subcutaneous, muscle, fascia)
  • Burns (improved tissue salvage, fast recovery and minimal scarring)
  • Carbon monoxide, cyanide poisoning, smoke inhalation
  • Extreme loss of blood or anemia – when blood transfusion is not an option

In acute cases, such as air/gas embolism and decompression sickness, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the primary health care method.