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Ocala Regional Medical Center
West Marion Community Hospital

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric medicine utilizes established technology in a new manner to help resolve specific medical conditions and persistent wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is defined as the process of inhaling intermittent oxygen at 100 percent concentration, while the pressure of the treatment chamber is increased to a point higher than sea level [i.e., greater than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA)]. However, modern treatment protocols all consist of inhaled treatment at 2 ATA or greater. Exposing isolated body parts to 100 percent oxygen DOES NOT constitute HBO therapy.

All hyperbaric treatments take place within the most advanced, patient-friendly monochambers that fully accommodate a single patient. This insures the highest level of patient safety, comfort and privacy available in today's environment.

The medical staff of the HBO unit have taken on the responsibility of continuously reviewing research and clinical data to maintain appropriate protocols, clinical efficacy and safety of hyperbaric oxygen.