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Coming Advances within Hyperbaric Medicine




Hospital based Hyperbaric medicine is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is subject to different state and federal laws depending on the use of the hyperbaric chamber. Generally, medical professionals must have a license or accreditation for the chamber, and the chamber must be registered with the FDA. The chamber must also meet certain safety requirements, including regular maintenance, air pressure testing, and leak detection. Additionally, hyperbaric therapy must be performed under the supervision of a medical provider and the patient must have a valid medical diagnosis. This regards treatment for the 13-15 FDA recognized reimbursable conditions. But, there remain over a hundred treatable conditions recognized internationally. Those conditions are being treated on a regular basis with success. The future holds great promise for Hyperbaric Medicine as the international research continues to grow and show positive results.


Trends within Hyperbaric Medicine

1. Increasing use of HBO therapy for chronic conditions: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is being increasingly used to treat a number of chronic conditions, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), Stroke, Concussion, and a increasing range of neurological disorders.

2. Advances in hyperbaric equipment: Hyperbaric chambers are becoming increasingly automated, user-friendly and comfortable, making it easier for clinicians to administer effective HBO treatments.

3. Home hyperbaric chambers: Home hyperbaric chambers are becoming increasingly available for individuals who wish to use them for lifestyle or health reasons. But, home systems vary widely in their effectiveness and safety.

4. Non-invasive monitoring of oxygen levels: Emerging technologies are being developed to non-invasively monitor oxygen levels in the body during hyperbaric therapy.

5. Hyperbaric wound care: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is being increasingly used to treat chronic and acute wounds to improve their outcomes. Pairing hyperbarics with the very latest in wound care dressing technology.


Advances in hyperbaric chambers include:

1. Automation and remote control systems, allowing for easier monitoring and optimal operation of the chamber.

2. Improved microprocessor controls, allowing for faster response times, increased safety, and a more comfortable experience for the patient.

3. Improved temperature and humidity control, allowing for a more comfortable environment for the patient.

4. Improved lighting and audio systems, providing a relaxing atmosphere for the patient.

5. Advanced oxygen delivery systems, allowing for more precise oxygen delivery.

6. Improved monitoring systems, allowing for real-time monitoring of the patient's health.

7. Automated pressure control systems, allowing for more precise control of the chamber's pressure.

8. Wireless treatment and communication systems, allowing for remote diagnosis and treatment.

9. Robotic systems and advanced software, allowing for greater accuracy and precision during treatments.


Disadvantages of Home Hyperbaric Chambers (Mild HBOT)

Over recent years there has been an increase in the utilization of soft home hyperbaric chambers (mHBOT) to treat chronic illnesses. The established hyperbaric medical community has shown concern due to the lack of creditable and researched data concerning its usage. There are also concerns about the patient receiving no defined clinical benefit from utilizing this method of hyperbaric medicine over the time span of utilizing this method. Listed below are some of the disadvantages of home hyperbaric systems.

1. Expense: Home hyperbaric chambers can be expensive (6k-20k) to purchase and maintain.

2. Safety: Home hyperbaric chambers can be dangerous to use without proper instruction and supervision, as they may cause oxygen toxicity (O2 Concentration device) or a sudden drop in pressure (Closure Failure).

3. Limited Treatments: Home hyperbaric chambers are not suitable for treating all medical conditions, and are not able to provide the same level of care and treatment as a hospital-based chamber.

4. Lack of Professional Monitoring: Home hyperbaric chambers do not have the same level of monitoring as a hospital-based chamber, so it can be difficult to ensure that the oxygen levels are safe and that the therapy is effective.

5. Risk of Injury: Improper use of a home hyperbaric chamber may result in injury, such as an embolism or oxygen toxicity.


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