Carbon monoxide poisoning treatment
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
The goal of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The goal of carbon monoxide poisoning is to remove carbon monoxide from the hemoglobin (Hb) in the blood and return the level of oxygen in the blood back to normal as quickly as possible.
It is most effective if carbon monoxide poisoning treatment is given while unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are still in the body and
The risk of damage resulting in additional symptoms
and short term effects, long term effects,
and brain damage can be reduced with rapid hyperbaric oxygen
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves a patient breathing pure oxygen while they are placed in a sealed chamber at
greater than normal atmospheric pressure.
Breathing pure oxygen under pressure dissolves the oxygen into the blood, lymph, plasma, fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid), and other fluid compartments of the body.
Oxygen is required for the growth, repair, and preservation of cellular function. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
accelerates healing by increasing oxygen supply to diseased or injured areas.
This stimulates new blood vessels and reduces swelling after brain injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy acts as an
antimicrobial and enhances natural immunity by improving the function of white blood
Some hyperbaric units can accommodate two adults or an adult accompanying a young child during treatment.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for carbon monoxide poisoning treatment accelerates the normal healing process by
delivering an increased supply of oxygen to all areas of the body including those areas where an injury or disease
process has cut off blood supply.
Oxygen is essential to life. It is required by every cell of the body for the growth, repair, and preservation
of cellular functioning. It is also necessary for proper healing of injuries.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, especially to areas with reduced blood
supply. This process is known as angiogenesis.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is especially beneficial in circumstances where blood (and therefore oxygen) supply to
the brain has been reduced such as strokes, drowning, strangulation, and carbon monoxide poisoning treatment.
It greatly reduces swelling including the swelling that occurs after a brain injury (cerebral edema).
It also acts as an antimicrobial against many types of bacterial infections.
It enhances the body and its natural immunity by improving the function of white blood cells, cells that fight
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) Health Canada, and similar associations in other countries for the treatment of conditions
including carbon monoxide poisoning, non-healing diabetic foot wounds, osteomyelitis, burns and radiation
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can also be used in the treatment of cerebral palsy, stroke, lyme disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has gained acceptance as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used most often for carbon monoxide poisoning treatment for more serious cases,
people who are or have been unconscious, people with severe symptoms, pregnant women, and victims at higher risk of complications.
Hyperbaric therapy requires special equipment and is usually only available at larger hospitals or in larger
cities/regions (and mainly in more developed countries).
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