Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy is a medical treatment used for certain medical conditions, either as a primary treatment or as a supplement to other forms of treatment. The therapy is offered as one of the services of the INTEGRIS Baptist and INTEGRIS Southwest Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Centers.
The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Centers at INTEGRIS Baptist and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Centers offer an expert team of specially trained physicians, surgeons, nurses and support staff who understand the many factors that may be delaying or preventing healing of wounds. Our certified teams perform a complete history and physical exam, which aids in the development of an individualized treatment plan unique to each patient’s needs.
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. Since then INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center has also adopted this technology.
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.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is administered inside an airtight chamber (known as the HBO chamber) in which the patient's body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure. Therapy in the HBO chamber is delivered through a procedure referred to as a "dive," since in many ways it is similar to scuba diving. Patients in the HBO breathe 100 percent oxygen for a restricted amount of time. This increases oxygen in the blood approximately six times the normal amount.