Inhaling carbon monoxide prevents oxygen from reaching the brain, heart, organs, and tissues, which causes carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO poisoning can cause permanent neurological and or cardiac damage, and even death. When you breath carbon monoxide, it forms a dangerous compound called carboxyhemoglobin, which hinders your blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body. Fortunately, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy removes carboxyhemoglobin faster than any other treatment, including oxygen alone, helping the body recover the most rapidly.
Hyperbaric oxygen also decreases the inflammation processes that occur within the brain. It also enhances other aspects of the body’s healing systems such as improving the mitochondrial function within cells. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be used in all acute cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Smoke inhalation can accompany CO poisoning, and can cause its own damage to the lungs, nose and throat. Hyperbaric oxygen also helps heal from smoke inhalation by delivering additional oxygen directly into damaged areas, helping them to heal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help heal from both CO poisoning and smoke inhalation, helps wounds heal and relieves pain.
Lisa St John MS, Clinic Director; Dr Jeffrey Kaplan, Medical Director; Laura Jean RN, Director of Patient Care