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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a means of providing additional oxygen to the tissues of the body. This increased oxygen delivery furthers the body's ability to kill germs and to increase healing. HBOT is a supplemental therapy to be used in addition to the current medical and surgical therapy being received.

HBOT typically is used to complement treatments of medical problems such as bone infections, complication of radiotherapy, certain chronic, non-healing wounds, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is administered in an air-filled chamber in which patients breathe 100 percent oxygen at greater than one atmosphere of pressure using a mask or hood. This increases the level of oxygen delivered to the tissues and augments wound healing and repair.

For further information:
American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
http://www.hyperbaricmedicine.org

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