Even though these conditions are "Approved" by the various Physician and Surgeon Colleges throughout North America, and covered by various insurance providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen is still severely under-utilized.
Perhaps one of the largest examples of under-use involves the care of problematic wounds that do not heal - particularly the types of non-healing wounds that are common to diabetics. In this application, all professional associations in North America, and around the world, have acknowledged its validity; in this application, Hyperbaric Oxygen is an insured use, covered by health insurance providers.
As an established therapy for problem wounds, Hyperbaric Oxygen can exceed a rate of effectiveness over 90%... that is, over 90% of the time, amputation of a limb can be avoided.
Unfortunately, for the vast majority of those with this specific condition, amputation is a standardized response. A hyperbaric chamber is seldom readily available, even in specialized wound care facilities. Hyperbaric Oxygen is often not attempted in the treatment of these conditions even if a chamber is available.
This situation is also true for Burns. Despite the "Approved" and insured use of Hyperbaric Oxygen for this trauma, a hyperbaric chamber is not typically available in North American Burn Units, nor is it even generally offered to the victim. In this case, the victim is left with a life of severe disfigurement, even though Hyperbaric Oxygen is known to significantly reduce the factors responsible for such disfiguring tissue damage.
In addition to the Acute, Critical and Emergency applications that are covered by North American health insurance providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen isalso applied to chronic and stable conditions. These conditions are typically caused by or produces hypoxia (lack of oxygen in tissue).
There are numerous conditions for which Hyperbaric Oxygen has a valid scientific rationale, supporting research and clinical effectiveness. Some of these conditions include:
Cerebral Vascular Disease
Immune System Building