A Louisiana-based hospital is using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat coronavirus patients.

Opelousas General Health System has said that the treatment could be an effective way to treat coronavirus patients suffering from severe respiratory distress.

Dr. Kerry Thibodeaux, Board Certified in General Surgery and Wound Care and Dr. Amer Raza, Board Certified in Pulmonology and Critical Care, combined research knowledge concerning the effectiveness of the treatment and worked to develop the protocol for inclusion and treatment.

“When weighing the risks to the patient and the potential for intubation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was determined to be a far better option for those meeting criteria,” said Thibodeaux.

Four patients have already met the criteria and have begun therapy. Typically, HBOT treatments are once a day for 90 minutes. All patients that have received the treatment have said they are feeling better.

“By networking with physicians and colleagues across the US, we found that this was an alternative treatment being utilised to keep from incubating patients with marked improvement.”

“We have seen some symptomatic improvement in our patients and we also hope to prevent incubations in that subset of patients meeting criteria for this therapy.”