Oxygen Video Introduction
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves intermittent inhalation of 100 percent oxygen under a pressure greater than the average atmospheric pressure. Despite over a century of use in medical settings, hyperbaric oxygen remains a controversial therapy. The past twenty years have seen a clarification of the mechanism of action of hyperbaric therapy and a greater understanding of its potential benefits. However, despite the substantial evidence that hyperbaric oxygen may have a therapeutic effect in certain carefully defined disease states, many practitioners remain unaware of these findings or are concerned about using hyperbaric therapy because of the controversy it has engendered, say Pamela S. Grim, MD; Lawrence J. Gottlieb, MD; and Allyn Boddie, MD.