How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?Written by admin on July 10th, 2010
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy saturates the patient’s plasma with oxygen resulting in increased oxygen delivery to tissues. Specifically, hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
Dissolves oxygen in to the plasma.
Increases oxygen tension in hypoxic areas.
Enhances white blood cell activity at the wound site.
Reduces edema by vasoconstriction.
Blocks cytotoxic effects of carbon monoxide and hypoxia associated with cyanide poisoning. Starts the formation of new peripheral vascular vessels and nerve endings (Angiogenesis) in damaged area of the body
Are There Contraindications?
Yes; Untreated pneumothorax, congenital spherocytosis, Disulfiram (Antabuse), Doxorubicin (Adriamycin), Cis-Platinum, and Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon) may be contraindications. Each patient is evaluated to determine the relative risks and benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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