Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy — Intensive Care in a Hostile Environment?

  • P. Radermacher
  • G. Frey
  • R. Berger
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1997)


Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a treatment where the patient breathes a 100% O2 at 2 to 3 times the atmospheric pressure at sea level [1]. HBO was originally dedicated to the treatment of medical problems associated with diving and/or high pressure working [2]. During the last two decades, it has been used effectively in treating a variety of acute or chronic medical and surgical conditions, either as a primary approach or in addition to other treatments [1]. Given the steadily rising number of hyperbaric facilities, critically ill patients are more and more frequently treated with HBO. Therefore, this chapter will review the mechanisms of action, clinical and technical aspects as well as the hazards of HBO for the critically ill.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Necrotizing Fasciitis Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Central Nervous System Toxicity Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection 
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