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How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy help heal wounds?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal wounds by allowing adequate levels of oxygen to be delivered to the wound.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an excellent treatment for hypoxic wounds, or wounds that do not heal due to inadequate oxygenation of the wounds.

During this treatment, people lie in a clear, pressurized chamber and breathe 100% oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen at a higher pressure within the hyperbaric chamber delivers a higher dose of oxygen to the wound, encouraging the body to fight infection while promoting healing of the wound.

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