Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a method that introduces 100% oxygen to the body. In order to complete the procedure, the patient is placed inside a chamber.
This treatment method is indicated for the adjunct treatment of air embolism, decompression syndrome, carbon monoxide poisoning, osteomyelitis and many more.
As adequate supply of oxygen is needed by the body, low oxygen levels can disrupt certain processes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps increase the levels of oxygen in the blood. With this temporary increase, a lot more nutrients are distributed to the cells for repair and development.
The risks to a person who is undergoing this procedure are rare. However, it is not wise to forego the precautions involved in keeping this procedure safe. Examples of possible complications include temporary nearsightedness, ear injuries and oxygen toxicity.
In order to keep these complications from happening, certain precautions and preparations have to be performed. Attendants have to be close by to check on the client or the patient who is undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment. In order to further prevent accidents, fire starters are prohibited. You have to remember that oxygen is a highly flammable gas. A small spark can result in great injury and damage. To be certain about the specific precautions you need to take, you might need to talk to the clinic where you plan to have your procedure performed. Particular clinics and agencies might have different protocols and policies.
This procedure may be done on a patient who is not admitted in a hospital. After the procedure, the person may be sent home. However, patients who have serious conditions that made them candidates for this procedure might require more critical care measures.
There are different types of chambers based on their sizes and uses. There is a multiplace chamber that allows several patients to be treated at the same time. Masks or plastic hoods are used to introduce the oxygen. There may be rectangular or cylindrical multiplace chambers. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the patients inside the chamber, a nurse or a health attendant will be monitoring them closely.
Based on its name anyone can deduce that a monoplace chamber will be able to cater to one patient at a time. Because of its size, procurement of this chamber may be completed for a lower price compared to a multiplace. The patient is instructed to lie down inside the chamber. He or she is usually placed at a reclined position. A nurse or health attendant is on standby outside of the chamber and near the patient.
Some people who have undergone this procedure might report lightheadedness directly afterwards. After some time, however, this feeling is expected to disappear.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is rarely effective only after a single session. Especially for serious health conditions, several sessions will be necessary to ensure that the desired effects and results are achieved. Furthermore, this treatment method is rarely used as the sole treatment method for any health problem. This is usually used in conjunction with other treatment measures.