Undersea/Hyperbaric Medicine Clinics
Hyperbaric medicine clinics offer patients a unique way to experience high-pressure treatment, using 100% pure oxygen to help patients recover from surgery or other medical conditions. Many provincial health plans cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients suffering from 13 conditions approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. These conditions include decompression sickness, air or gas embolism, gas gangrene, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include foot ulcers, often caused by diabetes, delayed radiation injury, and bone infection. Research and development are ongoing at hyperbaric medicine clinics. HBOT is being studied for treatment of conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to autism and even sports medicine. Rambam's hyperbaric medical unit is one of three centers in Israel, with the first being located in Eilat at the Yoseftal Hospital. The country is a leader in the field of hyperbaric medicine, having recognized 15 medical indications for HBOT since 1986 and including the procedure in the Israeli "basket." Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a popular treatment for injuries and other conditions that require fast healing. Hyperbaric oxygen helps the body's natural healing mechanisms and fights infections. The Montefiore Hyperbaric Medicine Program emphasizes wound healing as a key part of the overall wound treatment program. HBOT is a treatment that involves a patient lying in an acrylic oxygen chamber, which helps eliminate harmful toxins and promotes the growth of new blood vessels.