Hyperbaric Medical Unit

Hyperbaric Medical Unit

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have been included in the Israeli basket of health services since 1994. Fifteen medical indications have been recognizing by the Health Ministry for treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen since 1986.

The Hyperbaric Medical Unit and the Clinic for Wound Healing treat pathological disorders characterized primarily by a lack of oxygen to different body tissues ("hyper" means increased and "baric" relates to pressure). Patients are treated inside a large hyperbaric chamber compressed with air to greater than 1 atmosphere absolute; they breathe hyperbaric oxygen via an oral nasal mask or a hood. This medical procedure dissolves increased amounts of oxygen into the blood plasma, safely increasing the oxygen partial pressure in compromised tissues to much greater than normal values. This high dose of oxygen is effective in treating many medical conditions such as vascular diseases that lead to non-healing wounds, particularly in diabetic patients but also in others, side effects from radiation therapy, chronic bone infections, bone avascular necrosis, and neurological disorders such as CVA (cerebrovascular accidents) and traumatic brain injuries.

Hyperbaric Medicine is constantly developing. Research is revealing new indications for treating cerebral palsy and autism, and applications in the field of sports medicine.

The unit staff uses special equipment that enables non-invasive measurement of oxygen in the affected tissues (TCP02). In addition, the unit provides integrated treatment by nurses specially trained in treating non-healing wounds, consultations with specialists in plastic surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, and more—all of whom are experienced in hyperbaric medicine.

Apart from its ongoing medical services, the unit offers courses and lectures on hyperbaric and diving medicine in academic and other forums. The unit maintains close and ongoing professional contact with similar centers in Europe and the United States for consultation and collaborative research.