What is a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber?
A hyperbaric oxygen chamber is a specialized medical device that provides a controlled environment for individuals to breathe pure oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressures. This treatment, known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), involves entering a sealed chamber where the pressure is increased to levels greater than what we experience at sea level. By doing so, the bloodstream can absorb significantly more oxygen, leading to enhanced oxygen delivery to cells, tissues, and organs. It’s a non-invasive and safe therapeutic approach that promotes tissue repair and supports the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
HBOT working at a cellular level
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) exerts its effects on a cellular level via oxygenation. When a person enters a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and the pressure is elevated, the body’s tissues become saturated with a significantly higher amount of oxygen than usual. This surplus of oxygen enhances cellular metabolism and energy production within the cells, aiding in the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
The increased oxygen levels also enhance the body’s immune response, aiding in the control of infections and promoting the removal of toxins. By saturating the tissues with oxygen, HBOT promotes the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and collagen, crucial components for wound healing and tissue remodelling.
Which health conditions is HBOT used most for? Research linked
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat a variety of health conditions, primarily by enhancing oxygen delivery to tissues and promoting healing. Some of the health conditions for which HBOT is commonly used include:
- Wound Healing: HBOT has been widely employed in the treatment of non-healing wounds, particularly in cases of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers. The increased oxygen levels help stimulate cellular activity, and collagen production, all of which contribute to faster wound healing[^1].
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: HBOT is the standard treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, as it facilitates the rapid removal of carbon monoxide from hemoglobin and promotes oxygenation[^2].
- Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke: While research is ongoing, some studies suggest that HBOT might have potential benefits in improving neurological outcomes in cases of traumatic brain injury and stroke[^3]
[^1]: Kranke, P., Bennett, M. H., Martyn‐St James, M., & Schnabel, A. (2015). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic wounds. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (6), CD004123.
[^2]: Weaver, L. K. (2009). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for carbon monoxide poisoning. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 36(5), 309-312.
[^3]: Rockswold, S. B., Rockswold, G. L., Zaun, D. A., Liu, J. (2012). A prospective, randomized phase II clinical trial to evaluate the effect of combined hyperbaric and normobaric hyperoxia on cerebral metabolism, intracranial pressure, oxygen toxicity, and clinical outcome in severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurosurgery, 118(6), 1317-1328.
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