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What safety measures should I take during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

For your comfort and safety, please:

  • Provide a complete list of all your current medications, including those which are available without a prescription. Hyperbaric oxygen may interact with some medications. We require a complete list of all medications that you are taking so that we may review it with your physicians.
  • Notify the staff if you have symptoms of a cold or flu. Often it's best to delay treatment until these symptoms subside.
  • Remove the following immediately before entering the chamber: Dentures, or partial plates. All jewelry and other personal items. You will be provided with special cotton garments to wear during your treatments.
  • Do not bring flammable substances. Pure oxygen is highly flammable. No cigarettes, matches, cigarette lighters or other flammable substances may be brought inside the chamber.
  • Do not use any tobacco products.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen is not effective in smokers and can even be counter-productive because of the side effects of nicotine.
  • Do not use oil or alcohol based grooming products before entering the chamber.
  • Hairspray, makeup, perfume and aftershave should not be worn.
  • Do not bring any valuable items with you.
  • Although lockers are available for clothing and other items, we recommend that you leave valuables at home.

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