Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy in Oklahoma

Used for carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene and stubborn wounds, hyperbaric medicine uses high pressure and 100% oxygen to help your body heal.

Putting the healing power of oxygen to work for you.

A Healing Focus

Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function and when tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. At INTEGRIS Health, we have an expert team of specially trained physicians, surgeons, nurses and support staff who understand the many factors that may be delaying or preventing the treatment of wounds. Our certified teams perform a complete history and physical exam to develop an individualized treatment plan unique to your specific medical needs.

Oklahoma’s Leader in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In 1989, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center became the first hospital in Oklahoma to have a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, an airtight chamber in which the patient's body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure. The chamber was designed to hold one patient at a time. Since then, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center has also adopted this technology. In March 1995, INTEGRIS Baptist installed the state's largest hyperbaric oxygen chamber, one capable of treating 12 patients at a time. More than 500 patients – the youngest, 5 months old and the oldest, 92 years old – have received therapy in the new chamber. Our locations at INTEGRIS Health Edmond and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Portland Avenue are both equipped with single chamber hyperbaric chambers.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. It is also a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. If you undergo this therapy, you will enter a special chamber to breathe in pure oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than average. The goal is to infuse the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function.

Conditions Treated

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Gas gangrene (a form of gangrene in which gas collects in tissues)
  • Decompression sickness
  • Inadequate blood flow in the arteries, including those supplying problem wounds or the retina during central retinal arterial occlusion (this is a blockage of a blood vessel in one eye that can cause sudden vision loss)
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Infection in a bone (osteomyelitis)
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Flesh-eating disease (also called necrotizing soft tissue infection)
  • Air or gas bubble trapped in a blood vessel (air or gas embolism)
  • Conditions that cause insufficient oxygen levels to reach the body's tissues
  • Skin infections that are causing the tissues to die
  • Burns

Understanding Hyperbaric Medicine

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