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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 bloodstream.

The risk of damage resulting in additional symptoms and short term effectslong term effects, and brain damage can be reduced with rapid hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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 cells.

Some hyperbaric units can accommodate two adults or an adult accompanying a young child during treatment.

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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 infection.

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 injury.

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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In HOme Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber has given me quality of life
Lisa Haugaard from Santa Cruz, CA
Christmas 2008, my then husband found me lying lifeless on the floor. I\'d passed out due to co exposure from a faulty wood burning stove. Turns out that we\'d both been chronically poisoned for close to two years.

With the passage of time, I\'ve learned to manage the symptoms caused by \"severe brain damage due to co poisoning\" as revealed in a MRI scan: brain fog, short term memory loss, tremors, chemical sensitivity, severe fatigue, mood imbalance if exposed to gas or solvents. The one thing has saved and given me quality of life is the recommendation from my Toxicologist for hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy. After seeing the initial improvement over time (would do 20 sessions every few months) I could see the importance of purchasing my own.

I have a home unit now, and use it frequently. Truly, mental clarity and the ability to function would not be possible for me without it.

If anyone has questions or would like further info, I believe that no one can understand unless you\'ve been through this, feel free to contact me at lrae923@hotmail.com.



Evidence Lacking
JF from Australia
this is a pretty one-sided synopsis of HBOT for carbon monoxide poisoning. To date there is no good clinical evidence of effect. I refer you to the Cochrane Review from 2005 which found no benefit and multiple biases within the trials. Two RCTs from 2011 (France) also showed nil benefit (and potential harm in one arm of the trials).

Most of the claims of positive therapeutic benefit are coming from biased trials run by HBOT specialists and others who have vested interests in pushing an HBOT agenda.

Currently, treatment with HBOT for CO poisoning does not warrant the likely long distance and large expense of transport (unless you happen to be in a hospital with HBOT).


Information about hyperbaric treatment in carbon monoxide posioning
Catherine Musialik from Poland
Dear Sir/ Madam,

My name is Kate Musialik. I am writing to enquire about the hyperbaric treatment. I would like to ask you for help in gathering the information about it.

Firstly, I must stress that I am a student of physiotherapy in Poland and this year I am writting a master\'s thesis about Hyperbaric Oxygen for Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. I work in this area with the Director of Burn Treatment Center in Siemianowice Slaskie. I need statistics on this subject from around the world. This is why I would like to know wether you have got some information about the amount and kinds of hyperbaric chambers in your country? How much and what type of hyperbaric chamber you have?
Or if you have any data on this subject from other States, also would be helpful.

Secondly, can you tell me wether you have got statistics on the treatment of persons poisoned with carbon monoxide by hyperbaric oxygen.

Thirdly, I would also like to know about the hyperbaric chamber manufacturers. What are these companies? Where in your country produced
such a hyperbaric chamber? Are they single or multiplace?

I would be very grateful for posting materials on this topic.

If you do not have this information, my last question is whether you could tell me where I can obtain such data, or if could I ask for some contact
to the person who maintains this subject?

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Kate Musialik

Edward from Seattle
I did receive hyperbaric thearapy in the mid 80's, but it had no effect on my defining symptom; short term memory disorder, which in turn has usurped normal learning. I am currently using a memory training software called "BrainBuilder", which appears to have begun to offer the first and only emperical effect on my working memory. I had bought other memory training programs, but by way of metaphore; those program would teach a normal memory to dance; my need was/is to teach my memory to crawl/walk.

Where is the closest place for HBOT?
Henry from Ontario
Is HOBT available in Kitchener/Waterloo Ontario Canada?

Other treatments
Jake from Oz
Has any one one had any success using h202 (hydrogen peroxide therapy) thanx

I work in HBO
William from US
I am a medical practitioner who works in hyperbaric medicine. I have personally seen or heard about the many, many, symptoms people describe on your site.

Yes, there is a constellation of neurological issues associated with CO poisoning. More specifically the late effects of CO poisoning. We refer to it as DNS, or “delayed neurological sequela”. A few researchers and MD scientists have done quite a bit of research on this.

The biggest thing to do is , unfortunately, is not get poisoned. Get a reliable, “LOW LEVEL” CO monitor that tells you to get out of the space you are in. The Kiddie and First alert CO detectors / alarms I’ve seen don’t tell you that, they may tell you a day later that the level is ~70 ppm. That is not good enough for me and my family. These also are not long lived and will not tell you when the CO detector is bad or defective.

If you have a bad muffler (you hear it) you are getting poisoned,(no car is air tight), if you work in a warehouse without good venting with any type of fork lift, propane, gas, etc you are getting poisoned. Get your home CO detector and throw it in the back seat of your car. Take one to work with you. In fact, put one in garage when you start your car up, Believe me, it’s significant.

Where I work with Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO), and per several very good studies, HBO given within 24 hours of CO poisoning, will decrease the chance of getting DNS by about half. As about half the folks poisoned will develop DNS without HBO, this means it reduces the overall risk of DNS to about 25%. We cannot guarantee it, but we believe it reduces the DNS and cardiac effects significantly. HBO works on several levels, getting the CO out, and by its action as an anti-inflammatory on the affected structures.

It’s sad to see that most state legislators, who are coincidently either into real-estate, development, or get major campaign funding from these groups, canned several attempts to pass into law that all new dwellings or any remodels must have CO detectors in them. They also defeated a proposal to get detectors into rental units, but that also got shot down pretty fast. Reason being, it would take money out of their pockets and would cost too much… But tell me, who pays for the lifelong debilitation of these folks who will unlikely improve and most likely suffer from early cognitive decline as they age? Certainly not workers comp or any insurance company I know. PREVENTION is the Key.

MCSRR will give referral for Doctor
Page from Florida
I called Albert Donney at MCSRR in Baltimore, Maryland. He referred me to a Doctor in California. I was able to get blood gases checked and started Oxygen Therapy 5 days ago.

Muses Syndrome
from Canada
For years I have experienced recurring neurological sequelae or symptoms that seem to be related to environmental stimuli.

After numerous consultations with a number of doctors I was finally diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

From the MCS Referral and Resources website I am convinced that Albert Donnay's Muses Syndrome fits my health condition perfectly.

However I cannot find any doctor who will address my problem which is "to obtain the blood gases testing according to the protocol in order to qualify for oxygen treatment."

I believe my ongoing symptoms were caused by low-level carbon monoxide poisoning in my workplace but have no proof to substantiate this.

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