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Sechrist Helps Advance Hyperbaric Medicine

Sechrist has been integral to the research and development of hyperbaric medicine and hyperbaric chambers for more than 35 years. In that time, Sechrist hyperbaric chambers have been used to assist physicians in the pursuit of lifesaving applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To help our customers, we have put together some basic information about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). For more detailed information, please refer to our Resources section.

Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a clinical treatment where the patient breathes 100% oxygen intermittently while enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a pressure greater than one atmosphere. HBOT has been proven effective for many medical conditions, and as a result the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society, one of the premier research institutes, has approved it to treat the following indications:
 Air or Gas Embolism
 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Complicated by Cyanide Poisoning
 Clostridal Myositis and Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
 Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
 Decompression Sickness
 Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
 Severe Anemia
 Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
 Refractory Osteomyelitis
 Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
 Compromised Skin Grafts & Flaps
 Acute Thermal Burn Injury
In addition, Medicare coverage determinations will reimburse in the U.S. for the following conditions:
 Patient has type I or type II diabetes and has a lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes;
 Patient has a wound classified as Wagner grade III or higher; and
 Patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.
How HBO Works:
Hyperbaric medicine is effective for the above indications and many more because it enables five basic actions: hyper oxygenation of the body, the mechanical effects of increased pressure, the mass action of gasses, and vasoconstriction and bacteriostasis.

Monoplace chambers are National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A) Class B devices that can be pressurized up to 3 ATA with 100% oxygen. Monoplace, or single person, chambers are the most widely used for HBOT.

Click here for a detailed article titled: Hyperbaric Oxygen in Wound Healing
Trends in Hyperbaric Medicine:
Several trends are driving the growth of hyperbaric medicine. First are the advancements in the chambers themselves that have made HBOT a safe procedure. The second is the increase in diabetes and individuals who develop non-healing wounds.
Wound care has seen tremendous advances and hyperbarics plays a large part in the successful treatment of a number of wound conditions. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 20% of a hospital’s wound patients are candidates for HBOT. Physicians around the world trust Sechrist chambers to perform safely and reliably, which helps them treat their patients with confidence.