Category Archives: emergency medicine

COVID-19 – Safety & General Information Package for Oxygen Handlers

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. I imagine over the coming weeks and month’s oxygen administration may well be handled by many who may never have done so before. This might well be in the home or elsewhere. There is much to consider when handling oxygen and it seems prudent to share what information I can. Unfortunately, we ourselves do

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Necrotising Soft Tissue Infection – NSTI

Following a request for some information on ‘Necrotising Soft Tissue Infections’ (NSTI’s), or more commonly referred to as flesh eating bacterial infection, we scoured our own articles first, which highlighted that we don’t have a specific dedicated article to this subject. We also chose the lead image as a rather benign image of Staphylococcus Aureus, one of a few bacteria

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HBOT & The Ears – Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss & Tinnitus

Quote: “Adult onset hearing loss is the most common cause of disability globally, and the third leading cause of years lost due to disability. Moreover, adult onset hearing loss is the 15th leading cause of burden of disease and is projected to move up to 7th by the year 2030” (WHO, 2008) The loss of hearing can be one of

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Ophthalmology – HBOT and The Eyes

Todays continuation on the sharing of others’ work theme involves an exceptional paper published by Heather Murphy-Lavoie of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Also published in “Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association” in 2010, It is linked in here and entitled: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy And The Eye In many ways it supports our own

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Thermal Burns

Having known folks who have been badly burned and having myself been badly burned, today’s discussion is thermal burns. But rather than re-inventing the wheel and simply authoring a similar article today, we share an interesting publication from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS are the global society to which most hyperbaric units belong and to whose standards

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Hyperbaric Oxygen for Gas Gangrene

Covered in some ways in the previous article https://cumbria-hyperbaric.org/2019/08/06/wound-healing/ today’s discussion tightens the focus a little on the anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties of oxygen, specifically hyperbaric oxygenation. In the article on wound healing we discussed problematic wounds which are slow to heal or even do not heal at all. Some wounds go that step further, and when bacteria normally found

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Altitude, The Hyperoxic Hypoxia Paradox, and The Common Sense Paradox

You may ask what altitude has to do with HBOT. The answer is simple enough, the same physics apply to altitude considerations as they do to increasing pressure considerations. Note: Hyper-baric is the increase of ambient pressure and hypo-baric is the opposite, the reduction of ambient pressure. The physics for altitude related physiological changes and processes is universally accepted. It

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Hyperbaric Oxygenation and Severe Anemia and Low Haemoglobin Count

Building on previous articles about emergency medicine, severe blood loss, and even the article telling of experiments done in the 1950’s by It Borema et al, in which they removed the haemoglobin from piglets, only to have them survive in a hyperbaric environment (covered in the article LIFE WITHOUT BLOOD), today’s science bit deals with severe anaemia. In many cases

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HBOT for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Of the three indicated and accepted conditions for routine treatment this one is the most confusing in how it’s treated. The condition must be acute before HBOT is indicated and commissioned for use in the UK. In other parts of the world health departments are less reluctant and it’s use is routine. It also important to note that not all

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