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Welcome to HyOx

Knowing hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires a time commitment, the HyOx Medical Treatment Center team is dedicated to providing support, safety and comfort to all patients during their treatments.

Our patients rise to meet the challenges of the daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments if they truly understand the worthiness of their personal sacrifice of time and effort. We want you to be ready for treatment and set with the knowledge you need; so when you go, you know the journey is worth it because of healing advancement, camaraderie among other patients and the compassionate care of the HyOx team to improve your quality of life.

Ready

Transcutaneous Oxygen Measurement for Wound CareBefore your hyperbaric oxygen treatment begins, HyOx physicians review your medical and drug history and conduct a complete physical evaluation.

Your hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment regimen is prescribed according to your diagnosis, symptoms, overall condition, and primary physician’s current treatment methods. As some medications are not compatible with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, each drug you take will be reviewed. Your referring physician will be advised to any medication concerns or recommendations.

Prior to starting treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy education is given as part of the process of obtaining your consent for treatment.

Set

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy AppointmentAfter the preparation and instructional phase, you’ll change into cotton scrubs and shoe covers in our dressing rooms. This ensures safety and cleanliness in the hyperbaric chamber. Please note no flammable items such as wigs, perfume, oil or alcohol-based skin care and make-up products, synthetic clothing, cigarette lighters, and hair spray may enter the chamber. For your safety, a complete list of prohibited materials are reviewed.

After vital signs are taken, you’re fitted for a hood or mask for breathing the hyperbaric oxygen. Digital photos of your wound are taken for progress documentation and for us to share with your referring physician.

If needed, nasal spray is provided to help drain nasal passages to clear the ears. Please tell the staff if you have symptoms of a cold or the flu — including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever blisters, cold sores, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or general body aches. The treatment may be postponed until your symptoms have subsided or your physician clears you to resume treatments.

Techniques for clearing your ears (forcing air into the middle ear and make the eardrums bow outward) are reviewed and practiced to minimize the risk of barotraumas to the ears or sinuses caused by pressure changes. If you cannot clear your ears on your own, pressure-equalizing tubes inserted by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist may be required.

Go!

Inside Empty Hyperbaric ChamberGrab your reading materials or needlework or enjoy a movie on the hyperbaric chamber’s large screen to pass the treatment time in comfort and enjoyment. You’ll be assigned a seat in the multi-patient chamber and hooked up to the oxygen supply by a hyperbaric technician or physician, who will also be the attendant remaining in the chamber throughout the treatment’s duration.

Technicians are also present on the outside of the hyperbaric chamber following the Navy’s dive tables to regulate the time within the pressurized chamber. The chamber attendant can communicate with the outside technicians and there is also a camera posted inside for extra observation.

As the chamber begins to fill up with air, you’re asked to wear headsets to reduce the amount of noise the circulating air makes when the “virtual descent” to 45 feet below sea level begins (called compression). The chamber itself doesn’t move — it’s the pressure inside that changes — reaching the equivalent of two to three times the pressure of air at sea level.

Periodically, you’re reminded to clear your ears during the five to six minute descent. The air inside the chamber will get warmer during this time, but since the chamber is temperature-regulated, it will cool off once the descent is completed.

When you have reached the prescribed pressure (usually 2.0-2.5 ATA), you’ll be asked to place the clear hood or mask over your head in order to received the 100 percent oxygen. The attendant will assist you with this especially during your first treatment.

The power of hyperbaric medicine begins as your blood plasma is saturated with 100 percent oxygen. During the two-hour session, the hyperoxygenation enriches the blood and provides much needed energy and food to your cells. This helps to regenerate tissue and heal chronic wounds.