What is a hyperbaric chamber?
It is a hermetically closed cabin built in fully transparent methacrylate, where the patient enters to undergo a session of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or what is the same, to breathe 100% pure oxygen at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
It is a type of non-invasive medical therapy that involves breathing pure oxygen at pressures above atmospheric. For this the patient must enter the hyperbaric chamber to be the only mechanism to create the indicated conditions.
Is it a new therapy?
No. The use of the hyperbaric chamber is more than 300 years old. However, the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the treatment and cure of diseases has been developed in the last 100 years and every day there are new advances in scientific research.
What is the mechanism of action of hyperbaric oxygenation therapy?
High-pressure oxygen is diluted in the blood plasma, which is one of the components of the blood, reaching areas of the body that would otherwise be impossible to do in that concentration. In this way, the large amount of oxygen that is transported through the blood is an authentic medicine with its own therapeutic effects.
For what diseases is this treatment prescribed?
Diving accidents, gas embolisms, diabetic foot, injuries secondary to treatment with radiotherapy, carbon monoxide poisoning, osteomyelitis, reduction of time in fracture consolidation, gas gangrene, large traumatized, nervous system lesions due to lack of oxygen secondary to stoppages cardiac, children with autism, sudden deafness, physical fitness of athletes, anti-aging effect.
How does it feel during the treatment inside the camera?
During the compression period, a discreet pressure in the ear (plugged ear) can be noticed, which is overcome by performing simple compensatory maneuvers, such as a simple yawning, swallowing, or Valsalva maneuver (trying to breathe with your nose and the mouth covered). Any type of discomfort should be communicated to the specialist. During the compression, and by a physical phenomenon, an increase of the temperature takes place, and on the contrary, when decompressing, the temperature lowers. Once the work pressure is reached, the patient does not notice anything special, being able to be relaxed watching television or even sleeping.
Can it cause any damage?
It is a very safe medical procedure, although it is not exempt from medical contraindications, hence the need for prior medical monitoring by specialists in hyperbaric medicine to minimize these risks.
How should a patient be prepared to make a treatment?
The patient must first undergo a medical evaluation, with the specialist in hyperbaric medicine, to determine whether or not he is fit to enter the hyperbaric chamber, he must come showered and without applying any type of cosmetic or lacquer, anyway in the hyperbaric center we have showers, then you have to wear the 100% cotton pajamas that are offered in HMCE. It is best not to smoke at least 2 hours before and after each session, as much as possible to suppress the habit during the course of treatment.
Each disease has its therapeutic protocol, but on average, the sessions are usually one hour and 15 minutes. The number of sessions and work pressure are medical criteria that are adjusted in each case by the medical specialist.
Who can not use the hyperbaric chamber?
There are certain pathologies or medical treatments that may contraindicate this therapy, such as a pneumothorax, but it must be the hyperbaric doctor who must evaluate in each case the relevance or not of the treatment.