Care is provided in a state-of-the-art multi-place hyperbaric chamber. The chamber accommodates up to 12 patients at once and provides an extremely comfortable environment when compared to the more common single-person units. Most importantly, the spaciousness allows hyperbaric team members to accompany patients inside the chamber during treatment.
Treatment consists of high-dose, short-term oxygen inhalation. It is administered by having the patient breathe 100% oxygen while being exposed to elevated atmospheric pressure. Physicians trained and certified in hyperbaric medicine prescribe treatment protocols, oxygen dose and course of therapy, according to the diagnosis being treated.
Patients typically come in for one 90-minute treatment daily, five days a week, for several weeks. Patients sit in a comfortable chair and breathe oxygen throughout the treatment.
Hyperbaric treatments are very safe. Patients often report positive effects, such as a decrease in pain or improved sleeping patterns. And it is common to experience a temporary fullness or “popping” in the ears, easily relieved by methods such as yawning and swallowing.
A member of the Hyperbaric Center team always remains in the chamber with patients during treatments, and the hyperbaric physician is always present during treatments.