Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Royal Hospital
The first usage of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) goes back to the 1800’s. HBOT is commonly found at the hospital within the wound care department. Most of the hospitals I have encountered have their Hyperbaric room in the back of the office tucked away in a small dark corner. Some facilities would spend many days to months without even turning the chamber on. The problem was not that the chamber is not effective, it is that many did not know what conditions could benefit from receiving treatment.
Over 10 years ago, when I started in the Hyperbaric field I noticed there was a resistance from physicians recognizing HBOT as an effective form of treatment for conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers, radiation damaged skin, post-surgical complications and even for stokes that present in the eye. They would compare HBOT to “snake oil”. A treatment to them that was considered a waste of time, hopeless, and overly expensive.
Now a day’s patients are seeking more alternative or natural forms of treatment. Therefore more & more physicians recognize the amazing all-natural healing effects from the drug we call Oxygen. This is creating a need for more hospitals to have HBOT available to their patients. Now when a diabetic patient has a wound and is having complications healing, it is gold standard for them to get treated with HBOT to attempt to avoid an amputation. Physicians are even looking at HBOT as a favorable all-natural preventative treatment option. Referring patients to have treatment for many conditions such as Crohn’s, Brain Injury, & Autism.
Major Hospitals are now starting to add hyperbaric chambers as a new treatment for their patients. By adding this therapy, they are doing a great justice for their patients. According to the Royal hospital “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most modern medical specialties”. This is exciting news that the Royal Hospital will be opening a beautiful 1.3-million-dollar hyperbaric facility that can accommodate so many patients. They offer two 12-person Multiplace chambers and a Monoplace chamber as well. This gives them the capability to help many patients and it will forever change their lives.