Duke's Center for Hyperbaric Medicine has been in the forefront of research and treatment over the past thirty years. It also has a unique partnership with the Diver's Alert Network, which provides emergency assistance and evacuation after diving accidents.
Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy is involved in the hyperbaric chamber to assist with the treatment of patients with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP).
Treatment may entail a whole lung lavage, where one lung is repeatedly washed with a mild salt solution while the other lung is ventilated with oxygen. During the lung lavage, a therapist performs focused chest percussion to loosen any surfactant. Afterward, the therapist will follow-up and instruct on airway clearance techniques.
To make an appointment for hyperbaric lung lavarge or for more information, please call 919-684-2445.
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