Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen used under pressure, otherwise known as hyperbaric oxygen, can be especially effective in treating non-healing wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) enhances your body’s natural healing process and strengthens your immune system.
During HBOT, a patient lies comfortably in a clear, acrylic, tube-like compartment that releases pure oxygen. The air pressure is raised two to three times above regular atmospheric pressure, resulting in blood plasma oxygen concentrations 10 to 15 times greater than normal. This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and allows a high level of oxygen to infuse damaged wound tissues. This speeds the healing process while also fighting infection. HBOT can be used in conjunction with traditional wound care methods.
Hyperbaric patients are able to see clearly through the chamber and can watch TV or DVDs, sleep or read during treatment. Patients are accompanied by a HBOT-certified technician at all times.
The therapy typically involves one two-hour session per day, Monday through Friday, for 30 to 40 days. To help patients make this steep time commitment, the staff at Mercy helps coordinate transportation to and from the Hyperbarics Center.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy services are at available at these Mercy Health System hospitals:
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
Mercy Suburban Hospital