Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hyperbaric chamber?
It is a hermetically sealed room built in methacrylate completely transparent, where the patient enters to undergo a session of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or what is the same thing, for breathe 100 % pure oxygen at higher pressure than the pressure atmospheric
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
It is a type of non-invasive medical therapy that consists of breathing pure oxygen at pressures higher than atmospheric. For this patient must enter the hyperbaric chamber as it is the only mechanism to create the specified conditions.
Is this a new therapy?
No. The use of the hyperbaric chamber is more than 300 years old. No However, the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the treatment and healing of diseases has developed over the past 100 years and every day there are new advances in scientific research.
What is the mechanism of action of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
High-pressure oxygen is diluted in blood plasma, which is one of the components of the blood, reaching areas of the organism that otherwise it would be impossible for him to do so at that rally. From this way, the large amount of oxygen transported through the blood constitutes a genuine medicinal product with therapeutic effects their own.
What diseases is this treatment prescribed for?
Diving accidents, gas strokes, diabetic foot, injuries secondary to radiotherapy treatment, monoxide poisoning of carbon, osteomyelitis, reduction of time in consolidation of fractures, gas gangrene, large traumatized, system injuries lack of oxygen secondary to cardiac arrest, children with autism, sudden deafness, improved physical fitness of athletes, anti-aging effect.
What does it feel like during the treatment inside the chamber?
During the compression period, a discrete pressure may be noticeable in the ear (plugged ear), which is overcome by simple maneuvers of compensation, such as simple yawning, swallowing saliva, and Valsalva’s maneuver (trying to breathe with the nose and mouth) covered). Any type of discomfort must be reported to the specialist. During compression, and due to a physical phenomenon, it is causes an increase in temperature, and on the contrary, the decompress, the temperature drops. Once reached the pressure of work, the patient does not notice anything special, being able to be relaxed watching TV or even sleeping.
Can it cause any harm?
It is a very safe medical procedure, although it is not exempt from medical contraindications, hence the need for medical control carried out by specialists in hyperbaric medicine for the purpose of minimize these risks.
How should a patient be prepared for treatment?
The patient must first undergo a medical evaluation, with the a specialist in hyperbaric medicine, to determine whether or not he or she is fit. to enter the hyperbaric chamber, you must come shower and not wear applied any kind of cosmetics or lacquers, anyway in the the hyperbaric center we have showers, then we have to place the 100% cotton pyjamas offered in HMCE. It is better not to smoke when at least 2 hours before and after each session, if possible delete the habit during the course of treatment.
Each disease has its own therapeutic protocol, but on average, the sessions are usually one hour and 15 minutes. The number of sessions and the work pressure are medical criteria that are appropriate in each case by the medical specialist.
Who can’t use the hyperbaric chamber?
There are certain pathologies or medical treatments that can contraindicate a priori this therapy, such as a pneumothorax, but it must be the hyperbaric doctor who must evaluate in each case the whether or not the treatment is relevant.