Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Penn Highlands

When the body’s natural healing process becomes hindered by a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes, hyperbaric oxygen, or HBO, therapy can bring much-needed relief.

Penn Highlands Healthcare hosts the region’s only hyperbaric oxygen treatment facility. Located in DuBois, HBO therapy occurs in a special chamber, which creates a pressurized environment where the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen.

The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times higher than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This helps the blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in the body to help wounds, especially infected wounds, heal more quickly.

The combination of oxygen and pressure allows damaged tissues to heal and promotes the growth of new tissues, such as blood vessels and skin.

There are guidelines and criteria that must be met prior to beginning HBO therapy. Some health issues, such as having a pacemaker, might preclude people from the therapy. Talk with your physician about whether HBO therapy is appropriate for you.

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Air/Gas Embolism
Bone Infections
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Certain Brain Infections
Decompression Sickness
Radiation Injuries
Sinus Infections
Skin Grafts
Soft Tissue Infections