VA to Provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Veterans with Chronic PTSD
Posted on December 04 2017
According to the VA, it has approved a new therapy to veterans suffering from chronic PTSD. This therapy is called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT, is a process that involves breathing in pure oxygen in an environment in which the air pressure is increased by 3 times the normal amount. Under these conditions, your lungs would be able to gather a higher rate of oxygen per breath. It is generally a safe procedure meant to treat:
- Anemia, severe
- Brain abscess
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression sickness
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injury
- Deafness, sudden
- Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
- Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Radiation injury
- Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
This new procedure will be offered to veterans who have had two evidenced-based treatments with no decline in symptoms. It will be administered under a trained physician.
While I am all for finding new ways to treat PTSD, as a medic, I do not see how this would help at all. It seems like a waste of resources that could be better used somewhere else.