Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is a treatment, in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen at increased ambient pressure for its medicinal effect.

As defined by the UHMS (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society) and SAUHMA (South African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association)

 

Hyperbaric therapy is a a treatment administered by delivering 100% oxygen at an increased ambient pressure (i.e. increased atmospheric pressure) for its medicinal effects.

It is proven to be an effective treatment of choice in some indications and an adjnctive treatment for others.

The hyperbaric chamber is a room or unit that can be made of steel, aluminium, clear plastic or acrylic, and can be recompressed to a pressure greater than sea-level. There are 2 types:

Monoplace: Accomodates one patient at a time

Multiplace: May accomodate between 2-10 patients at a time, consisting usually of patients and a chamber supervisor (who may be a doctor, a nurse or other medically trained staff operator).
 

  

Milpark Hyperbaric Medicine Centre

Save a Limb. Save a Life.

Treating non healing wounds since 2006

 

  • At increased pressure, oxygen dissolves into the plasma of the blood, resulting in increased delivery of oxygen to the tissues.
  • Increases white blood cell activity at the wood site, this boosts your body's own immunity to fight the infection in the wound.
  • Reduces oedema (swelling) by vasoconstriction (blood vessels constrict)
  • Granulation (growth of new blood vessels) and neurogenesis (growth of nerve endings) occur in the damaged areas of the body
  • Alters pressure gradients in wound edges, encouraging the wound to heal and get smaller.