Benefits of hyperbaric oxygen treatment
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What is hyperbaric oxygen treatment?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment, (HBOT), usually refers to the delivery of increased levels of oxygen at greater than ambient pressure for 60 minutes.
The air we normally breathe contains 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, with the remaining 1% being contributed by the noble gases and carbon dioxide. The concentration of these gases is determined by the atmospheric pressure which is determined by the weather and is reduced at altitude. Unfortunately the variations in this pressure are ignored in general medical practice. Atmospheric pressure is accorded the unit 1 to represent atmospheric pressure absolute (1 ata) and this unit is divided according to the percentages of the gases in air to give their ‘partial pressures’ that is the part of the total pressure each gas is responsible for – oxygen therefore being 0.21 ata (21% of 1) and nitrogen 0.78 ata (78% of 1).
A hyperbaric chamber is needed to allow the pressure around the body to be increased. The technology is very well established, in fact all commercial aircraft are hyperbaric chambers equipped with oxygen breathing systems.
Does HBOT lead to tissue recovery?
Oxygen is dissolved in the blood and transported, in combination with haemoglobin in the red blood cells throughout the body. This dissolved oxygen passes into the tissues. Breathing high levels of oxygen under hyperbaric conditions causes greater uptake of oxygen by the bodily fluids and so more can reach areas where the circulation is diminished or blocked and therefore improve recovery. The extra oxygen has additional benefits as it greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. It also reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
Severe tissue hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) has many adverse effects from abolishing normal cell activity as, for example, with loss of consciousness to disabling white blood cell activity in infection. Only the administration of oxygen can ‘treat’ hypoxia and the objective of the administration of oxygen is to establish tissue oxygen values compatible with the initiation of normal healing.