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Use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in small-animal medicine


Metal objects are removed or covered with cotton bandages to prevent spark formation. A static-inhibitor ground line is placed on the leg. Any IV catheter is covered with a cotton wrap.

The desired treatment pressure is normally between 1.5 and 3 atmospheres in a 100-percent oxygen environment. This pressure is increased slowly over a 10- to 15-minute period until the desired treatment pressure is reached. The time under treatment usually ranges from 45 minutes to two hours. Then, a gradual decompression lasting about 15 minutes is performed.

Two to three treatments a day for about five to 10 days are given for most patients. At least four hours should separate each treatment.

Some patients may benefit from follow-up treatments after discharge from the hospital.

(This is the case for humans with multiple sclerosis in the United Kingdom, where 64 centers exist expressly for the treatment of this disease).

The following are some conditions that are treated by HBOT at our hospital as adjunctive therapy:

  • spinal-cord trauma
  • intervertebral disc disease (prior and following surgery)
  • fibrocartilaginous emboli
  • head trauma
  • global cerebral ischemia
  • pancreatitis, de-gloving injuries
  • inflammatory nervous-system diseases.

Over the past two years,our doctors and staff have seen clinical improvements of many cases treated by HBOT. It has enhanced our ability to successfully treat many critically ill patients.


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