Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment in which patients with certain conditions rest in a specialized treatment chamber, breathing 100% oxygen at pressures greater than normal atmospheric (sea level) pressure.

HBOT increases the amount of oxygen that is being circulated to body tissues.  The increased oxygen delivered to the body through the bloodstream helps to stimulate the growth of new tissue and maximize the white blood cells' ability to fight infection.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is considered an effective therapy for a number of chronic conditions including non-healing wound care and the preservation of damaged or injured tissue. 

Other common uses include:

  • Blood loss and anemia
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Burns
  • Acute severe carbon monoxide or cyanide poisoning
  • Cerebral arterial gas embolism<
  • Clostridial myonecrosis
  • Decompression sickness
  • Radionecrosis
  • Introcranial abscess

Oxygen is a potent drug when breathed under increased atmospheric pressure.  Safe time-dose limits have been established and treatment may only be prescribed by a qualified physician and administered under his or her supervision.

Acceptable conditions for HBOT are determined by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.  The duration of therapy is determined by the patient's diagnosis, condition and response to therapy.

Call 847.622.3407 for more information or to speak with a caregiver.

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