4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Hyperbaric Chamber
Do you know hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for decompression sickness? Well, most of the people, like you, regard it only as a treatment for DCS (decompression sickness). It is true that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been associated with DCS treatment for a long time. But recent medical studies have come up with a number of indications that can be treated by this therapy as well. This advancement of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) has made people interested in buying a hyperbaric chamber for reaping its benefits. The growing demand for the therapy has made the hyperbaric chamber manufacturer improve the technology and environment of the chamber. This article is going to offer a checklist you need to consider before buying a hyperbaric chamber. But before going to that deeper level, let’s try to know more about the therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy — what is it?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment in which patients breathe oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. HBOT results in absorption of greater amount of oxygen in the body, which further results in faster recovery from wounds and other medical conditions.
Now you may be thinking that what is this hyperbaric chamber? How does it look like? It is a vessel in which HBOT is carried out. In a hyperbaric chamber, patients can breathe oxygen at three times greater pressure than the normal atmospheric pressure. Generally, these chambers are made 3 feet in diameter and you can find it almost 8 feet long. From this information, you can assume well that such a chamber is made large enough to make the patients comfortable within it. You can watch TV or have some good music of your choice while going through a treatment session.
What’s FDA’s saying about HBOT?
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has given green signal to HBOT for a handful of medical conditions including:
- Air or gas embolism
- Brain injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crush injuries
- Radiation damage
- Skin grafts
Though HBOT is being used worldwide for more than hundred years, it was restricted in the United States for a long time. After getting the approval from FDA, almost 30,000 hyperbaric oxygen therapies are provided ever day across the whole country.
Next, we will move to our main discussion — the things you should consider before buying a hyperbaric chamber.
Things to consider before purchasing a hyperbaric chamber:
You need to give it many thoughts before buying a hyperbaric chamber. Let’s have a quick glimpse at the things you should consider before making the purchase done.
1. Types of the hyperbaric chambers:
There are two types of hyperbaric chambers — monoplace hyperbaric chambers and multiplace hyperbaric chambers. In a monoplace chamber, only one patient can be treated at a single time while multiple patients can take the treatment at a time in a multiplace hyperbaric chamber. Hyperbaric chamber manufacturer can make any one type of chamber as per his/her requirements. Buyers should consider their requirements before buying one monoplace or multiplace chamber, and choose one which meets their requirements.
Safety and comfort:
Be it monoplace or multiplace hyperbaric chamber, you must assure the chamber is safe and comfortable.
2. Fire suppression system:
A fire suppression system is must for hyperbaric chambers, especially for multi-place hyperbaric chambers. Check whether it contains operating hand line and deluge system or not.
Regular oxygen monitoring:
It is one of the most important points that you need to consider before buying a hyperbaric chamber. Oxygen levels in a hyperbaric chamber should be monitored regularly. When the supplied air mixture exceeds 21 percent oxygen by volume, an audible and visual alarm should warn you. So, your chamber should have these facilities.
3. Hyperbaric chamber pricing:
Hyperbaric chamber manufacturer will demand a price. Some hyperbaric chambers are quite expensive as they incorporate superior technology and are highly secure. If you are looking for a high-quality hyperbaric chamber, chances are more that it would be costly. However, it would be worth your investment. But while buying, you should also observe whether there are any hidden additional charges.
4. Full 60/90 minute treatment:
Your chamber should be able to undertake a full hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Generally, each session takes 60 to 90 minutes. During the session, the chamber will be made depressurized. So, it should be built in such a way.
If you want to reap all the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you should look at these aspects at the initial stage.
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