What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical therapy using 100% oxygen, administered at greater than normal atmospheric pressure, for the treatment of specific disease conditions. The route of administration may be by means of a mask, head tent, or endotracheal tube in a compressed air chamber or in a monoplace chamber completely pressurized with oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is simply intermittent, short-term, high dosage oxygen therapy. The patient is generally placed in a specially designed chamber and the oxygen is administered either by means of a mask or directly into the chamber. A hyperbaric oxygen chamber may vary in size from a small one-person unit to a large multi- place unit capable of housing an entire surgical team.

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