In randomized clinical trials hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of death in patients
with traumatic brain injury, but there is little evidence survivors enjoy good outcomes.
[ Cochrane, 2012 ]
A signature wound of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a hot topic in youth sports and college and professional football, TBI
has become an especially active area of political action and HBOT research. But the earliest published results on HBOT for mild TBI
sponsored by the US Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration
[ Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2013 ] have been profoundly disappointing, prompting us to lower our Evidence Index
score to Scant.
Even more disappointing has been the scramble for scarce research funds and the solicitation of brain-injured
trial subjects by some unqualified providers and practitioners. Patients should avoid hyperbaric treatment centers requiring a fee for investigational
TBI treatment. And surely there is no place for “mild HBOT” inflatable devices in the treatment of such a serious condition.