Brain Injury has no known treatment other than hyperbaric oxygen, however, research regarding the validity of hyperbaric oxygen is advancing rapidly and the results look good. Evidence has been accumulating rapidly that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be very helpful in the care of patients with various forms of brain injury and PTSD. Over the past few years, the evidence has been accumulating on two fronts under IRB-approved protocols and now, two milestones have been reached. The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, www.nbirr.org, has conducted an observational study in which over 70 brain injured veterans have been treated without any reported adverse event. This observational study has been proceeding in parallel with a Phase I clinical trial conducted by Paul Harch, MD, the pioneer of HBOT for traumatic brain injury. The results of this study by Dr. Harch were recently published in the prestigious Journal of Neurotrauma. This recently published data show remarkable improvement with respect to all measures for patients with TBI and/or PTSD. The exciting results recently published are expected to transform how chronic brain injury is managed.
The focus of our research will be to see how to best incorporate hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the comprehensive Care Pathway ™ of a patient with traumatic brain injury. Our center will soon be recruiting patients for the treatment of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury under formal research protocols designed to find and continually optimize the Care Pathways ™ for traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
For no group is the need more immediate than for the veterans of recent wars who desperately need better ways to treat brain injury and PTSD. Bethesda Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will conduct the treatments supported by the Center for Translational Medicine who will provide Data and Safety Monitoring, and the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation who will provide IRB-approved protocols and a data platform to conduct this important research.
- Link: A Phase I Study of Low-Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post-Concussion Syndrome and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder