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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. But it also can be used to treat serious infections, wounds that won't heal and carbon monoxide poisoning.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Paul Claus, outgoing medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program, will discuss the hyperbaric oxygen therapy program at Mayo Clinic. Also on the program, Dr. Saranya Chumsri, a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss how cold cap therapy can help prevent chemotherapy-related hair loss. And Dr. Stephen Cassivi and John Osborn will join the program to discuss the transatlantic partnership between Mayo Clinic and Oxford University. Dr. Cassivi is medical director for the collaboration and Osborn is an administrator for the project.
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