How is HBOT Accomplished?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, (HBOT) is administered to a patient(s) resting inside a pressure vessel
(chamber). There are two types of chambers here at WJMC, a Multiplace (multiple occupancy) chamber
and a Monoplace (single occupancy) chamber.
The Multiplace chamber can accommodate up to 12 patients, it is a large vessel made of steel
and looks like a submarine. The chamber is pressurized with air and the patients breathe 100% oxygen
through clear hoods. An Observer (RN, EMT) is also inside the chamber with the patients during the
entire treatment. The patients are sitting or lying on stretchers and may watch television (which is
located outside the chamber), read or take a nap. The Multiplace chamber is capable of treating critical
care patients, the chamber is equipped with a cardiac monitor, ventilator and I.V. pumps. The Multiplace
is capable of pressurizing to 165 feet of seawater for treating divers that need to breathe special mixes
of nitrogen and oxygen.
The Monoplace chamber (WJMC has two) is smaller in size and is comprised of a seamless acrylic material.
These chambers are pressurized with 100% oxygen instead of air. Patients are lying on a stretcher and
are able to watch television (looking through the acrylic walls) or take a nap.
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