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The following articles are from the Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003: Indications and Results, The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report by John J. Feldmeier, D.O., Chairman and Editor. Copyright 2003, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., Kensington, MD. Visit: www.uhms.org

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  1. UHMS Layman’s Guide

Hyperbaric Oxygen: Definition

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is a treatment, in which a patient breathes 100% pure oxygen intermittently while inside a treatment chamber at a pressure higher than sea level pressure (i.e., >1 atmosphere absolute; atm abs). It can be viewed as the new application of an old, established technology to help resolve certain recalcitrant, expensive, or otherwise hopeless medical problems. In certain circumstances, it represents the primary treatment modality while in others it is an adjunct to surgical or pharmacologic interventions. 

Treatment can be carried out in either a mono- or multiplace chamber. The former accommodates a single patient; the entire chamber is pressurized with 100% pure oxygen, and the patient breathes the ambient chamber oxygen directly (or the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen via a mask or hood while in the chamber). The latter holds two or more people (patient, observers, and/or support personnel); the chamber is pressurized with compressed air while the patients breathe 100% oxygen via masks, head hoods, or endotracheal tubes. According to the UHMS (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) definition and the determination of Medicare and other third party carriers, breathing 100% oxygen at 1 atmosphere of pressure or exposing isolated parts of the body to 100% oxygen does not constitute HBO2 therapy. The patient must receive the oxygen by inhalation within a pressurized chamber. Current information indicates that pressurization should be to 1.5 ATS (absolute atmospheres) or higher.1

Acceptance (Addition) of New Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

New indications for HBO2 therapy are considered for acceptance at the meeting of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee during the annual meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. This consideration can be initiated from within the Committee itself or may result in response to a written report by a non-committee member. When a new indication is considered for acceptance, a position paper is written. The information must summarize the in vitro, in vivo, and clinical aspects of the new indication for HBO2 therapy. Two members of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee review the position paper and each writes a critique. The position paper and critiques are presented to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee. A consensus of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee is required for recommending the indication be moved into the approved category. If the Committee determines that a new condition merits approval, it makes this recommendation to the Executive Committee of the Society which ultimately votes to approve or disapprove the new indication.1

Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003: Indications and Results, The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report by John J. Feldmeier, D.O., Chairman and Editor. Copyright 2003, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., Kensington, MD.