Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is used to help divers manage decompression sickness. However, hospitals often use this treatment in the care of slow-healing wounds, infections, radiation injuries, and carbon monoxide poisoning. When you undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy at a hospital, you’ll go inside a special chamber with pressurized air. This fuels your body with pure oxygen. The oxygen enters your bloodstream at a concentration of about 10 to 20 times higher than the usual amount. This concentrated oxygen helps your tissues heal faster and supports your body’s immune system.
During your treatment, you won’t feel any discomfort. You can relax inside the chamber, watch television, or even nap. You’ll be monitored closely throughout the course of your treatment, with a physician nearby to step in when needed. You may feel pressure within your ears as the air pressure increases and then declines; yawning, swallowing, or chewing gum can help you adjust to this.
Residents of the South Tampa area can turn to Memorial Hospital of Tampa for the latest healthcare technologies and techniques. If you have any questions about our hyperbaric oxygen therapy or other services found at our hospital, you can call (813) 873-6400.