What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen while the pressure of the treatment chamber is increased to greater than atmospheric pressure (one atmosphere absolute / one ATA).

Under normal atmospheric conditions, (one ATA) we are subjected to approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure and the air we breathe is composed of 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is formally approved for some conditions but is also commonly used with positive results for a larger range of conditions. Common uses prescribed by doctors based on standards of care and clinical experience, that are not formally approved, are known as ‘off-label’ uses. The pivotal studies needed to formally validate these common off-label uses does not easily attract research funding because there is no intellectual property or patent on Oxygen.

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The Washington, DC Area’s Premier Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Services Provider

The Bethesda Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (BHOT) Center has opened. BHOT’s mission is to advance care pathways and protocols involving hyperbaric oxygen. Our medical team has the clinical expertise to evaluate and treat mild-moderate traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, and PTSD. Standard clinical protocols for traditional HBOT applications, such as wound care, are provided.

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