Thermal burn injuries can cause tissue to die. The contributing factors are swelling and the lack of oxygen to the tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can limit the extent of the injury and reduce the number of surgeries required to remove the dead tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a medical treatment used for burn patients of the INTEGRIS Paul Silverstein Burn Center, as well as patients of the INTEGRIS Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care department.
In 1989, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center became the first hospital in Oklahoma to have an HBO chamber, an airtight chamber in which the patient's body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure. The chamber was designed to hold one patient at a time.
In March 1995 INTEGRIS Baptist installed the state's largest HBO chamber, one capable of treating 12 patients at a time. More than 500 patients - the youngest, 5 months old, the oldest, 92 years old - have received therapy in the new chamber.
How does a hyperbaric chamber work?