|Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy involves the intermittent inhalation of 100% oxygen
pressures greater than one atmosphere. This treatment is carried out in a high pressure
vessel called: hyperbaric chamber, recompression chamber or decompression chamber.
Therapeutic benefit may result from the mechanical effects of increased pressure directly,
or by the physiological effects of improved oxygenation on a variety of end organs. It is
important to realize that toxic effects may also arise from these two mechanisms.
At Monterrey Medical Center we have a multi-compartment, multi-place chamber which lends
itself to great flexibility in the numbers and types of treatment that can be carried out
simultaneously. It is a common practice that all patients are accompanied in the chamber
by an attending nurse who is specifically trained for such work and has been qualified
medically fit after examination by a specialist diving physician. These arrangements allow
us to treat critically ill patients requiring the full resources of the Intensive Care
Unit when indicated. A variety of conditions respond well to hyperbaric therapy for a
number of different reasons.
Treatment consist of 90 min. at 34 to 42 feet, each day for 21 to 30 days depending on
type of case being treated.
COST OF TREATMENT
Most treatment facilities in the United States charge between $950.00 to $1,2500.00 per
treatment each day for 21 to 30 days. Plus physician charge of $250.00 to $420.00 a day.
Plus cost of stay at hospital. The cost can be staggering.
Cost at Monterrey Medical Center is $650.00 each treatment per day, plus hospital $85.00
$150.00 a day and $175.00 physician charge per day. Same treatment but less expensive.
Dr. Frank P. Truitt, M.D.,Ph.D., is an Emergency Room Physician with a Full Professorship
Diving Physiology. He has over 18 years experience in treating HBO patients, ranging form
recovery, clostridial myonecrosis, osteoradionecrosis, chronic refractory osteomyelitis,
thermal burns, Diabetic (esp. problem wounds), myonecroses, compromised flaps and grafts,
macular oedema, soft tissue radionecrosis, brain injuries, xerostomia, and new research
being done in HBO medicine.
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