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Oxygen therapy is based on the fact that all human cells, tissues and organs need oxygen to function, and 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.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen, which increases the oxygen levels in body tissue to aid in healing and fighting infection.
Specialists at Baylor 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.
The Comprehensive Wound Center programs at Baylor have several types of hyperbaric chambers at various locations. Monoplace chambers can hold only one patient at a time and the hyperbaric technologist is on the outside controlling the chamber. Whereas, a multispace chamber is designed to hold up to eight patients at once. Each session typically last two hours.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available at the following locations:
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