Texas-based Scenic Mountain Medical Centre (SMMC) has added two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers to its wound healing department.
With this new technology, the centre is able to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of pure oxygen whilst enclosed in a full body chamber. The atmospheric pressure inside the chamber is controlled and monitored, successfully treating chronic wounds.
“For patients with diabetes, it rapidly gets the oxygen flowing into the tissues and speeds up recovery,” said Dr. Scott Barclay.
This treatment has also been used by the US Navy to prevent divers from getting a potentially fatal condition known as ‘the bends’, an illness caused by nitrogen bubbles in the blood as a result of coming up from diving too quickly.