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Newton Medical Center: The Patient Experience
At Newton Medical Center, we offer the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program (HBOT). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment in which a patient is enclosed in a pressurized chamber, and breathes 100 percent oxygen. The chamber is pressurized at two to three times the atmospheric pressure at sea level. The combination of pressurization and oxygenation promotes wound healing and angiogenesis.
What are HBO treatments like?
A typical HBO treatment involves a patient lying on a special stretcher within the chamber. The patient will experience “ear popping” or a plugged feeling in their ears for periods throughout the treatment. The patient will remain in the chamber for approximately 90 to 120 minutes, five consecutive days, typically Monday through Friday. Most treatment courses are 20 to 30 treatments long. While in the chamber, the patient is able to move freely, watch television or DVDs or listen to music.
Who is a candidate for HBOT?
What do we do to keep HBOT patients safe?
Safety is always our main goal. Patients are provided with 100 percent cotton gowns and linens. In addition, personal items are restricted from entering the chamber. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: lighters, reading materials, hair spray, make up, perfume, deodorant, oil, lotion, jewelry, dentures, battery operated devices, electronics, anything containing alcohol or petroleum, dentures, hearing aids, street clothes, certain wound dressings, and anything the HBO staff deems unsafe.
What are the side effects or complications related to HBOT?
Some complications include pneumothorax (collapsed lung), barotrauma (perforated/injured ear drum), Oxygen seizures, and hypoglycemia. Some possible side effects include ripening of cataracts, plugged feeling in ears, temporary worsening of near-sightedness (Myopia), and temporary improvement in far-sightedness (Presbyopia).