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RESEARCH SHOWS

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treats Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation

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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.

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How Hyperbarics Helps

  • Removes carboxyhemoglobin, helping the body recover from carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Delivers oxygen directly to the brain and to damaged tissues
  • Decreases inflammatory responses
  • Relieves pain

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Refer a Patient

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You submit patient’s information

As a provider, your office fills out and faxes back the Patient Referral Form. Have questions? Call us!

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We get authorizations

We make sure the patient understands treatment and then follow the prescribed protocol to get the patient on the road to recovery!

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Patient starts HBOT

Our medical staff meets with the patient to ensure that HBOT is appropriatre, and contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization.

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  • telephone number (408) 356 - 7438

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To learn more about HBOT, take a look at our FAQs.

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  • What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

    Hyperbaric medicine, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT, is a medical treatment where a patient sits or lies in pressurized chamber and breathes 100% oxygen. In HBOT, oxygen dissolves into the blood, thus raising the oxygen concentration to very high levels.This increased oxygen is a primary building block for tissues, muscle, and bone repair. Among other benefits, it kicks off cell reproduction, heals injuries and infection more rapidly, and decreases inflammation.

  • Can HBOT help Neuropathy?

    Hyperbaric treatments help heal neuropathy by regrowing small blood vessels and nerves that have died from disease, injuries from radiation and aging. Patients often experience numbness and or pain when they start treatment. Hyperbaric treatments most often bring back sensation and make, for example, walking easier and more enjoyable.

  • Does HBOT kill cancer cells?

    Current research indicates that hyperbaric oxygen does not kill cancer cells. However, there has been a small amount of research indicating that hyperbaric oxygen might reduce the size of certain tumors. Also, there has been a study on mice using hyperbaric oxygen, along with a ketogenic diet, to reduce tumors. Hyperbaric oxygen causes many different healing modalities to kick into gear. Could its effect on strengthening the immune system inhibit the growth of cancer cells? Nobody knows. There are numerous studies conclusively showing that hyperbaric oxygen does not encourage cancer cells or tumors to grow. Some patients claim the hyperbaric oxygen makes them feel a lot more comfortable and functional after chemotherapy and also during healing. Note that some chemotherapy drugs are not to be used with hyperbaric oxygen, as the chemotherapy drugs can be enhanced and thus become toxic. A good hyperbaric oxygen facility (such as Bay Area Hyperbarics) will always call the chemotherapy manufacturer to ensure that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful and not damaging to the patient.

  • Why would a physician consider HBOT?

    A physician would consider using hyperbaric chamber therapy under a variety of situations. Physicians most typically refer patients to hyperbarics when the patient is not healing with traditional medical interventions and hyperbaric chamber therapy is approved by Medicare for this condition.

    Some patients experience significant unresolved pain and unremitting disease states that the mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber are known to affect, such as the down regulation of inflamatory genes. For an example, some patients have experienced severe, unremitting hives with itching, which did not improve with any specialists interventions.

    Some physicians will consider hyperbaric chamber therapy if the patient has no other good avenues for improving their failing health, and they know the hyperbaric chamber therapy is safe and will not harm the patient.

  • What is the CPT code for HBOT?

    The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.

  • What is Hypebaric Oxygen Therapy?

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0T) is a medical treatment where you inhale 100% oxygen in a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT injects 400x the oxygen into your tissues and bones and mobilizes stem cells. It regrows healthy tissues in the brain, blood vessels, skin and bones. It also reduces pain and swelling, and speeds recovery.

    It is simple, effective and painless.

  • Does Medicare cover HBOT?

    Medicare covers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for approved conditions, and many insurance companies also cover approved conditions. If your condition is not approved by your insurance, we can discuss our special rates. Give us a call at (408) 356–7438. We are happy to discuss your options with you.

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