Are soft chambers as effective as hard ones?
Soft chambers are primarily designed for home use. According to recent medical studies, soft chambers have not been proven to heal either the affected tissue or the bone. Their work does not require the presence of certified doctors with the appropriate specialization, does not require an antistatic floor in hyperbaric rooms, a certified supply of pure oxygen, nor are other construction and technical conditions prescribed for the offices where they are located, while on the other hand, these are all necessary conditions for working with hard chambers. Therefore, the owners of the aforementioned chambers cannot enter into a contract on the provision of treatment services for insured persons with the Republic Health Insurance Fund (RFZO).
Also, an important difference is in achieving the maximum overpressure. In soft chambers, it is from 0.2 to 0.3 bar, where with the help of an oxygen concentrator, a maximum of 30 to 35% of oxygen in the inhaled air is provided. However, hard hyperbaric chambers achieve pressures of up to 3.0 bar in 100% oxygen.
This is important to note because the physiological effects of hyperbaria occur only at pressures higher than 1.3 bar at 100% oxygen, which leads to the conclusion that soft chambers cannot treat realistic medical indications.
Treatment in soft chambers may encourage undesirable growth of aerobic bacteria. Also, many such chambers are considered unsafe by the fire protection association. That’s why we strongly recommend only hard chambers that are medical devices, bacteria-free and proven to heal both skin and bones, as well as many other medical conditions.
How long does one treatment in a hyperbaric chamber last?
The treatment usually lasts 60 minutes, and in case of certain health problems, it can last up to 90 minutes. Each treatment consists of three phases:
Can I overdose inside the chamber?
Yes, just like any other medical procedure, there can be an oxygen overdose. It is known as oxygen toxicity, where it can negatively affect the nervous system or lungs. It occurs because of mismanagement with “pressure” and “time”. As Intermedic-HBO service is medically regulated, our experts are qualified and specialised with delivering such therapies.
Is HBOT safe?
Although there are minor risks, as with all medical therapies, oxygen treatment in a hyberbaric chamber is considered extremely safe and painless. You will discuss all potential risks with our staff before starting the treatment. During the treatment, the patient is always under the medical supervision of the staff managing the chamber. There is audio and visual contact. The patient lies still in the chamber and breathes the oxygen with which the chamber is filled.
What if I have a problem in the hyperbaric chamber?
If there are any complaints in the patient during the treatment, the competent doctor will assess the situation and react in accordance with the medical protocols. If necessary, the therapy can be stopped and reacted according to the situation.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments in the hyperbaric chamber depends on the disease and the condition for which HBO therapy is applied and is determined by the doctor who monitors the patient’s condition in relation to the recommended therapeutic protocols, the patient’s condition, treatment submission and all in accordance with the principles of good clinical practice. To improve the general psycho-physical status of healthy people, 10-15 exposures are recommended. For chronic wounds, diabetes complications, soft tissue infections, 20-30 exposures are recommended, and for osteomyelitis, 40-60 exposures. The therapy is usually performed once a day. The treatment plan and protocol is formed for each patient individually, in accordance with the patient’s health condition and needs, and in order to achieve the best possible therapeutic effect, in accordance with the principles of good clinical practice and recommendations for the use of HBO therapy.
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