Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a special high-pressure chamber to raise the amount of oxygen entering your body with each breath. This extra oxygen has several effects, including helping wounds to heal and your white blood cells to fight infection.

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Doctors overseeing a patient getting treatment in a hyperbaric chamber

We are staffed by 2 hyperbaric physicians, 2 full-time hyperbaric nurses, and several part-time hyperbaric staff members. All staff are trained in the administration of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In addition there are plastic surgery, radiation therapy, and oncology physicians who work with us to provide therapy for their patients.

The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

Conditions

The most common conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy at DHMC are:

Note: The following links go to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society website.

Additional UHMS-approved indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not hurt; however, you might feel pressure or fullness in your ears similar to what you would feel in a descending airplane or in a car coming down a mountain. Read more about this therapy in Treatments and Services.

About us

Watch a brief history of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at DHMC.