Using our state-of-art hyperbaric chamber, Duke experts provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat patients suffering from conditions such as:
Duke Dive Medicine is a specialized medical practice that offers evidence-based medical care and personalized advice to divers, climbers, and aviators.
Duke Dive Medicine provides 24-hour emergency medical care for all types of diving-related injuries, rehabilitation care for post-injury patients, and consultation services related to diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of dive-related accidents.
There is no “one size fits all” medical evaluation for individuals planning participation in adventure sports. Clients who might otherwise be prohibited from diving or high altitude climbing may wish to have an expert assessment of their medical status and its implications for extreme environmental exposure.
The physicians at Duke Dive Medicine are world renown in this field and the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology is equipped to simulate trial exposures to almost any environmental condition (under exercise, and immersion if required), while fully monitoring subjects for their safety, as well as for the diagnostic information it might provide.
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Past clients include divers, pilots, astronauts, and space tourists.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is when 100 percent oxygen is administered in an enclosed chamber in which the pressure is increased to above normal atmospheric pressure. This treatment causes an increase in the amount of oxygen carried in the blood.
In tissues without sufficient blood supply, HBO therapy can promote the development of new blood vessels and help wounds heal. It also can assist the body’s immune system in killing microorganisms such as bacteria.
For patients suffering from decompression sickness or gas embolism, the increased pressure reduces the size of air bubbles and helps to eliminate them.
In cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, HBO accelerates the elimination of carbon monoxide from the body and reduces its harmful effects on tissues.
Breathing 100 percent oxygen at atmospheric pressure -- or applying topical oxygen without enclosing the patient’s entire body in a pressurized chamber -- does not produce the same effects and is not recognized as true hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Visit Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology’s Web site for answers to frequently asked questions about hyperbaric medicine.
To schedule an appointment, consultation, or tour, call 919-684-6726.
For an emergency, call 919-684-8111.
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