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I want to go through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, how should I proceed?
If you want to start with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you need to contact us by phone or email. It is also possible to consult us in person at our premisses. During the first contact, we evaluate whether your diagnosis is treatable in the chamber, what health documentation you need to submit for initial screening, and we will also agree the timeline of your treatment options.
Do I need to see a doctor before the therapy?
Before each series of expositions, you will get a medical check-up by a medical practitioner at our center. During the medical check-up, we will evaluate your health documentation and discuss your expectations for this treatment. Your medical practitioner will also recommend the appropriate number of therapeutic sessions based on your diagnosis and current health conditions.
Do I need a specialist examination before the therapy?
In addition to the initial check-up with our medical practitioner, for your safety it is also necessary to perform an ENT examination, including tympanometry, which will examine the function of the hearing tube. We may also make this examination in our center. Other necessary examinations depend on your health conditions and the recommendations of your medical practitioners. You will be informed on those examinations during the first consultation.
Is there a need for special clothing in the Oxygen Chamber?
For safety reasons, you need 100% cotton clothing which will be provided for your therapy. A cloakroom with lockable cabinets for personal belongings is also part of the center.
Are there things I can not take to the chamber?
For safety reasons, please do not take to the oxygen chamber with you:
- flammable objects
- matches, lighters, cigarettes
- electrical equipment
- mobile, tablet, laptop
- watches, chains, earrings, rings, bracelets
- other metal objects
- silon clothes
- toys with battery
Before entering the chamber, please remove all makeup, do not use lotions and ointments, perfume or hairspray. If you have an open wound, cover it with a sterile dressing. If you are unsure of the suitability of your items, please contact our staff who will be happy to help you. We ask for your attention and compliance with our rules, as it concerns your safety.
What is the procedure of the exposure in the hypertension oxygen chamber?
Exposure begins with compression, a phase during which the pressure in the chamber increases. You are exposed to changes in air pressure, so it is important to balance the pressure in your ears with a special maneuver. Chewing gum, candies and water are available directly in the chamber. Subsequently, the medical staff will put on a face mask or a certified helmet. In the isocompression phase, clients breathe pure oxygen under pressure. The last phase is decompression, the pressure in the chamber drops to atmospheric pressure and it is important that you repeat the maneuver to equalize the pressure in the ears. Shortly before the end of the exposure, the medical staff will remove your mask.
Can I communicate with attending personnel during an exposure?
The entire course of the exposure is under medical and technical supervision. There is a red button above each seat to alert the hyperbaric chamber staff in case of breathing problems, nausea or emergency.
Can I take a book in the chamber?
Because the therapy in the chamber takes some time, you can bring a book or magazine. There are also 2 TV screens with programs based on the needs of our patients in the room. There are also books and magazines in the waiting room for you to use.
Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy have some contraindications?
Like any medical procedure, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has its own risks and contraindications. We do our best to detect potential issues during the initial examination, therefore we ask you for your full cooperation and truthful information. In the following cases, your medical practitioner may recommend you do not proceed with the therapy or at least postpone till after your issue has been resolved or health condition improves:
- conditions after chest injuries, lung diseases
- treatment with some medicines (doxymycin, cisplatin, antabus …)
- acute infection of the upper respiratory tract, beneficial cavities and ears
- diseases accompanied by cervical conditions
If you suffer from any of the above,, please let us know and follow the instructions of our medical practitioners.
Do special conditions apply to the treatment of children in your center?
In our center we treat children from 2 years. For children under 5 years of age, we require the presence of a parent or other adult accompanying person directly in the hyperbaric chamber. For older children, the presence of an accompanying person may be recommended by the center’s doctor according to your child’s health. As an accompanying person for therapy, you must meet the medical requirements for entering the chamber.
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The HBO facility is made up of a 12-digit pressure chamber of the HAUX-STARMED 2200 / 5.5 / XL type of the German manufacturer HAUX-Life Support, GmbH with additional 2 places in the pre-chamber. It is possible to treat a patient on the bed in the chamber.The maximum operating pressure of the chamber is 5 bar (6.5 ATA). Standard features include built-in fully automatic fire extinguishers, patient audio / video monitoring, air conditioning, computer / manual exposure control,% saturation O2%, chamber atmosphere O2% aspiration. A storage chamber tunnel is part of the chamber. The chamber is filled with air (pressurized) (not 100% oxygen as in 1-chamber chambers). 100% of medical oxygen is inhaled by patients through closed masks.
- Capacity for 12 people
- Max. Operating pressure 5 bar
- Filling with atmospheric air
- Patient Audio / Video Surveillance
- automatic exposure control
- Measurement of the percentage of oxygen saturation and the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere of the chamber
- Inhalation of medical oxygen through closed masks
- audio and video system for the patient
- integrated fire extinguisher