Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Hyperbaric Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Offering a multi-person hyperbaric chamber that serves all of San Diego County.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. When pressurized oxygen is breathed, more of it can be dissolved into the bloodstream, allowing the body to stimulate wound healing, fight certain infections and enhance some intravenous antibiotics. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are operated by specialized and highly trained individuals who monitor the patient and adjust levels according to tolerance and sensitivity.
Since opening in 1989, Sharp Grossmont Hospital's 8-foot-diameter hyperbaric chamber has treated thousands of patients.
Why choose Sharp Grossmont for hyperbaric medicine?
- Hyperbaric-trained physicians, nurses and technicians provide hands-on specialty care.
- Our Hyperbaric Medicine Center is affiliated with the Divers Alert Network and is prepared to treat San Diego SCUBA divers who may be suffering from the bends.
- The hyperbaric chamber can be transformed into an intensive care unit, giving physicians the ability to care for patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or who are critically ill.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used in conjunction with standard medical and surgical care. It can treat certain diabetic wounds, radiation injuries after cancer treatments, decompression illness ("the bends"), some types of infection and other conditions. Treatment is completely painless; patients can spend the treatment reading, resting or talking with other patients.
For additional information, read our frequently asked questions about hyperbaric medicine.
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