Hyperbarics Specialty Track
Faculty Directors: Jason Swaby, MD
- Emergent clinical indications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the outpatient medical management indications.
- Physics involved in Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.
Hyperbaric medicine is the practice of utilizing hyperbaric oxygen for the medical treatment and management of various clinical indications. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.