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Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2022

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Health Sciences


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been around since the 1860s and is now a well-established form of treatment. HBOT has been proven to be a safe therapeutic option and has been successful in treating non-healing wounds, traumatic wounds, and radiation-induced wounds. There has also been success in treating other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, carbon monoxide poisoning, and decompression sickness with HBOT. The way HBOT works is by exposing the body to 100% pure oxygen in a closed chamber, which exceeds normal atmospheric pressure by two to three times. With HBOT, large amounts of oxygen enters the body, which assists in controlling inflammation, improving the process of cleaning damaged cells leading to an improved immunity response. HBOT also relieves hypoxia, which increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in blood plasma to promote and accelerate the healing process.


Written for HS 319: Environmental Physiology

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