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Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy demands breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also used to treat diverse range of medical conditions such as Bubbles of air in your blood vessels, Decompression sickness, Carbon monoxide poisoning, a wound that won't heal, A crushing injury, Gangrene, Skin or bone infection that causes tissue death, Radiation injuries, Burns, Skin grafts or skin flaps at risk of tissue death and Severe anemia.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves equipment composed of a pressure chamber which may be of rigid or flexible construction, and a means of providing 100% oxygen. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased up to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, the lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than collecting pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Blood carries this oxygen all over the body, triggering the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promotes healing. The body's tissues need sufficient supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it needs even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy raises the amount of oxygen 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 chamber is of two types i.e. hard shelled pressure vessel that can be run at absolute pressures as much as 6 bars and "soft" chambers that can operate at between 0.3 and 0.5 bars (4.4 and 7.3 psi) above atmospheric pressure.
Hyperbaric medicine or Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is mostly a safe procedure but sometimes potential complications occur such as Temporary nearsightedness (myopia) caused by increased blood oxygen levels, Middle ear and inner ear injuries, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture, due to increased air pressure, Organ damage caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma) and Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in the central nervous system.
A hyperbaric oxygen therapy session may last from one to two hours. To be effective, hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires more than one session. The number of hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions required depends on the medical condition. Some conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, can be treated in as few as three visits. Others, such as non-healing wounds, may require 25 to 30 treatments.
Around 12 National symposiums and Workshops are going to be held across the globe which includes “9TH International Symposium of Hyperbaric Medicine”, “UHMS: Winter Symposium on Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Management”, “Hyperbaric Medicine & Comprehensive Wound care 2014 Workshop” and so on.
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Large numbers of conferences are organized across the globe related to Hyperbaric medicine such as "Dive Away" - Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Conference, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine Bahamas Cruise, The International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine, Family Medicine: Sports Medicine 2015, Emergency Medicine 2015: 38th Annual Winter Conference, Family Medicine and Palliative Care 2014, Preventive Medicine 2014 and many more.
Association and Societies
Associations and societies related to Hyperbaric medicine are Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, International Hyperbaric Medical Association (IHMA), European Underwater and Baromedical Society, National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association, American Board of Wound Healing, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Special Interest Group, Canadian Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Swiss Underwater and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Society of Physiology and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Major companies associated with hyperbaric medicine are Oxyheal Health Group, Hyperbaric Medicine Group, Life Support Technologies Group, ProVision Hyperbaric, LLC, Wound Partners and Professionals, HBO2 Works, LLC, Diversified Clinical Services, Comprehensive Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Candescent Healing, LLC and American Baromedical Corporation.
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