TO FIND A HYPERBARIC
OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT)
FACILITY NEAR YOU
1. Click on the link below to help find a HBO facility near you Enter your state
as the keyword and then click on "Start Search. You may also search
surrounding states. (We only have information for the USA.)
Click here for a directory of HBO Chamber Locations.
of the listed
clinics may be using low pressure plastic air bags with room air and
little or no oxygen. This is not full
HBO Therapy. Please also insure that fully trained personnel are on site.
Many HBOT facilities will only treat the few conditions now approved by Medicare. Usually, only free-standing facilities not associated with a hospital will treat cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, most non-healing ulcers and other conditions not yet approved by the Medicare. Clinics listed in the directory above should be able to provide you with information about treated conditions. With a few tries you should find a selection of facilities closest to you. Scroll down and look at all responses. Click on the link above to search for hyperbaric oxygen facilities.
Some HBOT facilities do not have fully trained and medically credentialed staff in attendance.
Hospital facilities usually refuse to treat conditions that are not yet approved by the FDA and Medicare. Be sure to ask.
Medical insurance will commonly refuse to reimburse for conditions not approved by the FDA.
Don’t be fooled by claims that a pressurized plastic bag can provide true hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To safely administer oxygen requires much more elaborate equipment. It is true that 1.3 times atmospheric pressure (5 psi) of ambient air (not oxygen) can safely be pumped into those portable bags, much like an air mattress. They are FDA approved for use with air (not oxygen) to treat altitude sickness. It is also true that 1.3 to 1.5 atmospheres of ambient air pressure may be of slight benefit for some conditions. The problem arises when oxygen is used.
The portable plastic bags are not fire proof. They are not safe from an explosion hazard in the presence of 100% oxygen. A minor spark from static electricity could cause a major disaster.
For full benefit, it is best to receive a series 40 or so treatments fairly close together, at least once per week for a number of consecutive weeks. Twice daily treatments are possible if separated by at least 3 hours. If a facility cannot be found within a reasonable distance, it may be more convenient to find housing close to the HBO facility while receiving therapy.
Conditions Which may be Reimbursable by Medical Insurance (strict criteria must first be met): Click here for more details
* Decompression Sickness (Bends)
* Air or Gas Embolism
* Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Cyanide Poisoning
* Osteomyelitis – unresponsive and failed with other treatment (refractory)
* Non-healing Wounds, Diabetic and selected problem wounds (must meet strict criteria)
* Some Skin grafts Flaps (compromised)
* Crush injury, Compartment Syndrome, Acute Amputations, Limb Salvage and Limb Reattachment
* Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
* Some Thermal Burns (must meet strict criteria)
* Gas Gangrene
* Radiation Tissue Damage
* Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection (Flesh Eating bacteria)
"So-called “Off-Label" Conditions Listed Below are Not Yet Reimbursable by Most Medical Insurance although they may all benefit
from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
* Stroke –both acute and delayed treatment, thrombotic and hemorrhagic
* Cerebral Palsy
* Macular Degeneration
* Alzheimer’s Syndrome
* Parkinson’s Syndrome
* Multi-infarct Dementia
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Cognitive Dysfunction following Bypass Surgery
* Near Drowning
* Chemical Poisonings that affect the Brain
* Peripheral Vascular Disease
* Adjunct to Antibiotics in Slow-healing or Otherwise Serious Infections * * * Multiple Sclerosis
* Peripheral Neuropathy
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Gulf War Syndrome
* Non-healing and Slow-healing Wounds
* Non-healing and Slow-healing Bone Fractures
* Immune System Enhancement
* Lyme Disease
* Brown Recluse Spider Bite
* Elective Plastic Surgery – speeds healing from plastic surgery
* Sports Injuries
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