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
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. PubMed.gov lists most all scientific
papers published in reputable medical journals. HBOEvidence.com critically appraises key studies in the hyperbaric medical literature.
ClinicalTrials.gov lists human clinical trials currently enrolling, in progress, and recently completed.
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