Providence Hyperbaric Medicine for Clinicians

In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient is placed in an enclosed clear acrylic chamber into which 100 percent oxygen flows at high atmospheric pressure. The increased pressure in the chamber causes the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream to rise to 15 to 20 times the normal level. The high levels of oxygen promote the healing of damaged tissues, reduce swelling, reduce air bubble size and discourage bacterial growth.