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Community Need for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment where a patient breathes 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere (1 ATA). This type of therapy has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions internationally, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, diabetic wounds, and radiation injuries. Within the USA, it's usage is severely restricted by the FDA. Overseas HBOT enjoys a much greater field of practice, the FDA only allows 13-15 indications compared to over one hundred available internationally. Depending on the condition being treated, HBOT can improve tissue healing, reduce inflammation, and improve oxygenation to the tissues.

HBOT is becoming increasingly popular as a form of treatment for a variety of conditions, and the demand for treatment is increasing. This is particularly true in rural areas, where access to HBOT treatment can be limited. By limited, we mean extremely limited. Some areas only have 3-5 HBOT clinics within the borders of a given state (South Dakota and North Dakota, for example) In many cases, the closest center offering HBOT may be hours away or even out of state. This can be a significant barrier to access, particularly for individuals who cannot travel due to their health condition or who cannot afford to travel. But who would definitely benefit from having access to this amazing and proven science.

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