About Hyperbarics

What does Hyperbaric Mean?

At ground (sea) level, we live at one atmosphere of pressure. Hyperbaric means: more than one atmosphere. Most hyperbaric treatments take place at 2 to 2.5 atmospheres.

What is hyperbaric oxygen?

Breathing 100% oxygen at on atmosphere is not considered hyperbaric oxygenation, nor is a topical application of oxygen outside a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy or HBOT is a medical treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a controlled pressurized and specially designed therapy chamber breathing 100% pure oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere ( the atmospheric pressure at sea level). Breathing pure oxygen at 2.5 times normal pressure causes a 12-fold increase in the dissolved oxygen in the plasma compared with breathing air (which contain 21% oxygen) at atmospheric pressure.