About Hyperbaric Medicine

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a proven means of delivering 100 percent oxygen under pressure  (normal air is 21 percent oxygen)to supersaturate a patient’s body plasma and tissues to help heal wounds, injuries and infections. This is accomplished by patients breathing 100 percent oxygen via a hood in a hyperbaric chamber pressurized with compressed air.   Injury and disease can disrupt oxygen delivery, depriving tissues and cells of some or all of their required oxygen.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used as the primary treatment or as an adjunct to other forms of treatment such as surgery or antibiotics.

HyOx Medical Treatment Center administers hyperbaric medicine in its two Atlanta hyperbaric oxygen therapy locations (Marietta and Gwinnett) to enable healing and restore quality of life in patients with chronic conditions and injuries.  HyOx takes life’s key ingredient — oxygen — and prescribes it as a drug with a personalized treatment plan for each patient.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is widely recognized by the medical community as a highly effective modality of  rehabilitative therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered under most major insurance plans, as well as Medicare, Tricare, Workers Compensation, State Merit, and other payment programs.

About Hyperbaric Chambers

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered through treatment sessions, or “dives,” in a pressurized vessel known as a hyperbaric chamber. (HyOx utilizes multi-patient chambers at its Atlanta hyperbaric oxygen therapy medical treatment centers.) Regardless of their specific configuration, hyperbaric chambers are designed to safely create a pressurized environment (equivalent to 2-3 times the pressure of air at sea level) for the patient. Despite this similarity, there are differences among hyperbaric chambers. The major differences are in the manner in which oxygen is delivered to the patient and the “creature comforts” associated with each chamber.

Monoplace chambers treat one patient at a time. Patients typically must lie flat in one position during the treatment. Usually, the chamber is pressurized with 100 percent oxygen, which the patient breathes directly. In other instances, the chamber is pressurized with air and the patient breathes oxygen through a special facemask or hood.

Multi-patient chambers, featured at HyOx’s two locations, can accommodate two or more patients at the same time. Patients either sit in “airline-style” seats or lay on a stretcher if warranted by their condition. The chamber is pressurized with compressed air and patients breathe oxygen through specially-designed hoods, face masks or endotracheal tubes. Since they are not in a confined space, patients are free to stand, move about and stretch during the treatment.

HyOx operates Georgia’s largest multi-patient hyperbaric chambers.   HyOx’s chamber is 31 feet in length and 9 feet in diameter. The chamber can comfortably accommodate 12 sitting patients plus attendants, who remain with patients throughout the treatment.

During treatment, patients can read, listen to CDs or watch videos on the chamber’s entertainment system. Medications, beverages, snacks and a private restroom are available at all  times during treatment in HyOx’s multi-patient hyperbaric chambers.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Fact Sheet