Breathing under pressure
This shows the six-person chamber being used at The Centre for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Greeentown, Ipoh, Perak. Rather nice setup here.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is rather new in its clinical use in Malaysia. There are only three main centers, one each in KL, Ipoh and Penang. Other centers use
monoplace chambers which are small one-person hyperbaric units. This Hyperbaric Chamber is the most widely used one as it is at the pioneer commercial Hyperbaric Wound Care Centre in Malaysia.
The Underwater Medicine Consultant in this center also decompressess divers with decompression illness or DCI. I supervised a diver decompression three months back. The diver enjoyed his 8 hours of oxygen and went home a pain-free happy diver.
As far as daily business is concerned, the clinical hyperbaric oxygen theraphy here deals more with wound care, especially with diabetic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a miracle cure, but it sure gives these diabetic wounds, literally, a good breath of life.
When in the chamber, what happens is that the patients are literally pressurized and then asked to inhale pure oxygen for a duration of time. During the time in the chamber, the entire body of the patient is fed with a big boost of oxygen. The partial pressure of oxygen increases. There is a big boost of oxygen because not only is blood carried in the hemoglobin of the blood, the increased pressure of
the enviroment allows oxygen to be carried by even the plasma of the blood. Plasma is the fluid which red blood cells swim in. This leads to more than a hundred-fold of oxygen reaching previously oxygen-starved places of the diabetic wounds.
As with all medical procedures, there is no 100 percent guarantee, but this breath of life will at least tip the scales in your favor.
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