EMERGENCY MEDICINE

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Many of the clinical indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involve emergent conditions. It is therefore important for emergency physicians to be familiar with the applications of HBOT. 

Emergency physicians have become well represented in hyperbaric medicine. Currently, emergency physicians comprise approximately 15% of the membership of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Along with internal medicine and anesthesiology/critical care medicine, emergency medicine is among the most heavily represented specialties in the UHMS (UHMS personal communication, February 1991). This is not surprising, considering the variety of emergent conditions that can be treated with HBOT and the general attributes of an emergency physician: a broad general background, the ability to resuscitate unstable patients, and 24-hour in-house availability.

Source: Larry D. Weiss, Keith W. Van Meter, The applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in emergency medicine, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 10, Issue 6, 1992, Pages 558-568, ISSN 0735-6757, https://doi.org/10.1016/0735-6757(92)90185-Z (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/073567579290185Z)

What are the benefits of HBOT?

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves the quality of life for the patient in many areas when standard treatment isn’t working

Can HBOT help you?

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Yes. It can benefit conditions where low oxygen levels (hypoxia) and inflammation are present

The Oxygen for Life

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Oxygen can be used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions where tissues have been damaged by oxygen deprivation