Air or gas embolism
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Air embolism occurs when gas bubbles block arterial blood flow. Secondary effects of air embolism include platelets clumping and damage to blood vessel walls. The obstructed vessels leak fluid into surrounding tissues. The resulting swelling further reduces tissue blood flow.
Based at Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence Hyperbaric Medicine is Oregon's only 24-hour hospital-based hyperbaric service.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pressurized chambers with a 100 percent oxygen environment counter the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, and decompression illness in scuba divers, as well as promote tissue healing in patients with impaired circulation due to diabetes, trauma and radiation therapy.