Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Tucson Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Unit, the first hyperbaric facility in Southern Arizona, has delivered more than 5000 treatments since its inception in 1987.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBO, is a form of treatment in which patients breathe 100% oxygen in a controlled pressurized chamber. This oxygen is dissolved in the patient’s blood and is then carried to oxygen-starved tissues during the treatment and for several hours afterwards.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of illnesses. The following conditions have been approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and are covered by Medicare and most health plans. These conditions are carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression illness, gas embolism, gas gangrene, peripheral ischemia, crush injuries, necrotizing infections, osteoradionecrosis, soft tissue radionecrosis, and diabetic wounds.

TMC's hyperbaric monoplace chamber can be pressurized up to three times normal atmospheric pressure and is equipped to treat a wide range of patients from ambulatory outpatients to critically ill patient’s needing ventilatory support or hemodynamic monitoring.

Physicians trained in hyperbaric medicine provide medical supervision, and a specially trained respiratory therapist monitors patients throughout each treatment.