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During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressures, which increases the oxygen levels in body tissue to aid in healing and fighting infection.
The Comprehensive Wound Center program at Baylor Dallas has Monoplace and multiplace chambers. Monoplace chambers can hold only one patient at a time and the hyperbaric technologist is on the outside controlling the chamber.
Specialists at Baylor Louise Gartner Center for Hyperbaric Medicine use oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds associated with diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, soft-tissue damage from skin grafts, and cancer radiation therapy, as well as to help salvage limbs.
Oxygen therapy is based on the fact that all human cells, tissues, and organs need oxygen to function, and that when there is a lack of oxygen, a number of health problems can occur. Along those lines, when concentrated oxygen is used in therapy for a patient, the goal is to enable cells to utilize the oxygen to begin or speed the healing process.
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