Who should use oxygen?

Supplemental oxygen is intended for people who have chronic lung diseases and other conditions that decrease lung function. It can help people live longer, protect their heart from strain and treat symptoms of low blood oxygen levels such as irritability and shortness of breath.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is intended to encourage healing and combat infection in people who have the following conditions:
  • anemia
  • arterial gas embolism (air bubbles in blood vessels)
  • brain abscess
  • burns
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • crush injuries
  • decompression sickness ("the bends")
  • gangrene
  • radiation injuries
  • skin or bone infections that kill tissue
  • tissue on skin grafts or flaps that may die
  • wounds that won't heal

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