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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Virtual Tour of Jefferson Hospital's Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment Room

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a simple but effective treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber.  The therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to your bloodstream which helps increase your body's own natural wound-healing abilities.

To learn more about Jefferson Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy services, call one of our convenient Wound Care Centers:

Wound Care Center
South Hills Medical Office Building on Jefferson Hospital’s main campus
Suite 207
412.469.7676

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center
Bethel Park Campus
Suite 101
412.854.7171

While enclosed in a large, circular, clear acrylic chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating the blood plasma and allowing it to carry from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.  Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require HBOT treatments provided by the Center’s physicians, who are specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly-trained clinical hyperbaric technologist and staff.

HBOT also helps fight certain types of infections, improves circulation and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Therapy is administered daily and the number of therapies you receive depends on your individual treatment plan and prognosis.

Approved indications for HBOT which are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs and other insurance providers include:

  • Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Actinomycosis
  • Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Progressive necrotizing infection (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency

"When a wound does not respond to regular medical care, advanced modalities like HBOT therapy often help patients heal.”

- Wound Care Center, Medical Director

What to Expect

The chamber is clear which allows you to see your surroundings, and is in a comfortable treatment room equipped with TV and a DVD player.  Inside the chamber, the pressure is gradually increased and then the temperature will temporarily rise.

 

The pressure may case fullness in your ears, but your technologist will tell you how to clear this and relieve any discomfort. Treatment sessions may last2 to 2.5 hours many patients simply relax or even sleep while receiving this beneficial therapy.

 

Some patients experience fatigue during treatment, but this is completely normal.  Your vision may temporarily change, but should return to normal a few weeks after your therapy is completed.  Because this change is temporary, we do not recommend changing your eyewear prescription during the course of your treatment.  If you wear contact lenses, ask your hyperbaric physician for advice on wearing them during treatment.

 

How to Prepare for your Treatment

You will receive complete instructions for your treatment when you arrive.  A comfortable cotton garment approved for use in the chamber will be provided to you.  For your safety, the following are not allowed inside the chamber

  • Makeup, nail polish, perfume or aftershave
  • Hairspray or hair oils
  • Wigs or hairpieces
  • Alcohol-or petroleum-based products
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Jewelry, titanium frame eyeglasses, keys or other metals
  • Flammable materials or heat-producing items
  • Hearing aids
  • Food, gum or juice
 

Over the course of your treatment, you should not use any tobacco products, which will constrict blood vessels and prolong or even prevent the healing of your wound.

 

Let us know if you are ill, take any or have changes to your medications during your treatment. Your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs and keeping us in formed of changes, allows us to update your treatment plan.

 

To learn more about Jefferson Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy services, call one of our convenient Wound Care Centers:

 

Wound Care Center
South Hills Medical Office Building on Jefferson Hospital’s main campus
Suite 207
412.469.7676

 

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center 
Bethel Park Campus
Suite 101
412.854.7171