Hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) is an adjunct to traditional treatments for thermal burns. HBOT slows the progression of skin
and lung damage and reduces swelling. Therapy is considered safe even for patients with severe and extensive burns.
By helping the body fight infection, hyperbaric oxygen can improve healing, lessen damage from infection, and thereby
decrease the chance of death associated with severe burns. Reducing the healing time for a burn can lessen scaring as
well as improving the body's ability to fight infections.
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Note: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society approval for thermal burns is limited to
severe thermal injuries. As with any medical condition, the evaluation of the severity of a burn is best
performed by a qualified physician.
Read the page
Acute Thermal Injury
in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Resource Library for information about thermal injuries; the rationale
for hyperbaric oxygen therapy; and treatment protocols, key clinical evidence, and success factors.