At Baptist Health South Florida, we provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy for non-healing wounds, crushing injures and decompression sickness in our hyperbaric chambers in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
Hyperbaric medicine uses 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber to help improve blood circulation and heal tissue. Our team of physicians have decades of experience in hyperbaric medicine. We are accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, which means you receive high-quality care by a team dedicated to patient safety and satisfaction.
- Arterial Gas Embolism and Insufficiencies
- Advanced Diabetic Ulcers
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Idiopathic Hearing Loss
- Compartment Syndrome, Crushing Injury or other Deficient Arterial Blood Flow
- Decompression Sickness
- Exceptional Blood Loss or Anemia
- Progressive Infections
- Problem Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Radiation Tissue Damage
- Retinal Eye Occlusion
- Specific Chronic Bone Infections
- Thermal Burns
We offer both single chamber hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a multiplace chamber that can treat several people at once. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides a concentrated amount of oxygen to your body to heal wounds from the inside out. It improves oxygen flow to injured tissue, increases blood flow by stimulating blood vessel growth, controls infections and reduces the effects of toxic substances.
We also offer transcutaneous oxygen monitoring to test your blood flow in and around wounds. This measurement can determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be effective in healing your wounds and can often help prevent amputations.
Who benefits from hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Your primary care physician can help you decide if hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help you. You may benefit if you suffer from chronic or serious medical conditions or non-healing wounds, diabetic ulcers, bone infections, problem skin grafts and flaps. We can also help in limb salvage.
If you have radiation tissue damage, thermal burns, decompression sickness or carbon monoxide poisoning, you may also benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Our hyperbaric medicine team offers care at four locations in the region:
At Baptist Health South Florida, we provide advanced hyperbaric expertise and are recognized for our quality and commitment to patient satisfaction. Our team is dedicated to helping you get well.
Meet The Team
Our hyperbaric medicine team has specialty training in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care. Our team of physicians and healthcare professions includes:
- Family Medicine Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- Hyperbaric Technologists
- Support Staff
You will enter a hyperbaric chamber, either a single enclosed acrylic cylinder or a multiplace chamber that resembles a small submarine and can treat several people at once. Once you are positioned in one of the chambers, the oxygen level will gradually be adjusted to the level of pure oxygen ordered by our hyperbaric specialists.
You will be provided cotton scrubs to wear during your treatment. For your safety, you will also be asked to remove hearing aids, dentures, jewelry, hard contact lenses, makeup, nail polish, nylon wigs and hairpieces before entering the chamber. Electronic devices, paper products, petroleum- or alcohol-based products, lighters and matches are not allowed inside the chamber. In the multiplace chamber, you will wear a mask or hood.
You may sleep, relax, read, watch television or talk with the hyperbaric technician during the therapy session. Treatments can take two hours. Typical hyperbaric oxygen therapy includes 30 treatments, five days a week.
You’ll feel as if you are breathing normal air. The therapy doesn’t hurt and may people often sleep or use it as a time to relax. If you have claustrophobia, your doctor may provide a sedative to help you relax.
At the beginning of the treatment, the pressure will be increasing, so you may feel fullness in your ears. Before and during your treatment, the technologist will be there to guide you through the simple techniques that can remedy the fullness in the ears.
Insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of the treatments for specific conditions. Contact your insurance provider to get the specifics about what your plan may cover. Or call the hyperbaric medicine location closest to you to find out more.