In 1937 hyperbaric oxygen treatments were first used for decompression sickness but it was not until 1956 that interest in hyperbaric medicine heated up. In Amsterdam that year, Dr. I Boerema reported that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) was a therapeutic aid in cardiopulmonary surgery.
What is the most common complication of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
• Lung damage.
• Fluid buildup or bursting (rupture) of the middle ear.
• Sinus damage.
• Changes in vision, causing nearsightedness, or myopia.
• Oxygen poisoning, which can cause lung failure, fluid in the lungs, or seizures
Why is hyperbaric oxygen therapy used?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions.
Does hyperbaric oxygen kill viruses?
Hyperbaric oxygen is able to effectively oxidize and remove harmful toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, and viruses, which are all present with AIDS. The bacteria that are associated with AIDS thrive in low oxygen. But these bacteria are poisoned and killed by high levels of pressurized oxygen.