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).