What is the procedure?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments typically include three phases:

Compression, Treatment Time and Decompression.

 

Compression:

At the beginning of the treatment and after the chamber door is closed, one can hear and feel the compressed air being gently blown into the chamber. The occupants will feel a slight pressure change in their ears, just like when flying in an airplane. The attendant communicates with the patient and the speed of compression is adjusted to everyone’s comfort level.

 

Treatment Time:

This is the Prescribed Time at Pressure (the actual treatment). During the time at the prescribed treatment pressure (or “depth”) the patient will relax and simply breathe 100% oxygen via a facemask or transparent oxygen hood. We also offer an Oxygen delivery option for those patients who are unable to use the mask or hood delivery systems in our private monoplace chamber. These breathing periods are interrupted by short breaks, where the patient can remove the mask, have a drink of water, chat with the other occupants, or simply relax. A medically trained attendant is inside the chamber with the patients at all times. The attendant will do periodic medical assessments and continuously monitor the patients’ progress and wellbeing.

 

Decompression:

When the treatment time is completed the pressure is slowly reduced back to normal surface level. Occupants may experience a slight drop in temperature, as the expanding air cools down. Patients will either feel nothing or possibly experience a slight sensation in the ears, again as one would in a normal commercial airliner.

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