Thermal Burns

A thermal burn is an injury caused by heat or fire. Damage to the skin and sometimes the mouth, throat, and lungs often worsens days after the incident. Burn injuries are prone to infection and swelling. Surgical removal of dead tissue and skin grafting may be required to promote healing.

Treatment of Thermal Burns with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is an adjunct to traditional treatments for thermal burns. HBO2 slows the progression of skin and lung damage and reduces swelling. Therapy is considered safe even for patients with severe and extensive burns.

HyperbaricLink Evidence Index for Thermal Burns

HyperbaricLink Evidence Index
207 citations
5 appraisals
1 trial

The HyperbaricLink Evidence Index is our at-a-glance summary of the clinical evidence on HBOT for the treatment of specific diseases and conditions. Scoring is based solely on our reading and interpretation of the medical literature.

  • Disproved - Strong evidence against using HBOT.
  • None - Unfavorable results or no published evidence.
  • Scant - Early or mixed results with lingering questions.
  • Promising - Repeatedly favorable results urging further study.
  • Compelling - Strong body of evidence meriting approval.
  • Approved - HBOT indicated and widely reimbursed.

Follow the links to our primary sources to read the papers and analyses that have shaped our views. lists most all scientific papers published in reputable medical journals. critically appraises key studies in the hyperbaric medical literature. lists human clinical trials currently enrolling, in progress, and recently completed.


More information on Thermal Burns

APPROVED indication for HBOT by UHMS
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HBOT news about Thermal Burns

More news from O2.0 – the HyperbaricLink blog

Complete thermal burns news archive from O2.0 — the HyperbaricLink blog.

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, HBO Indications, Acute Thermal Burn Injury. Retrieved 02 May 2015.
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Updated: 02 May 2015 12:00 AM
Created: 13 Jun 2009 12:00 AM
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