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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)
  • Burn
  • Decompression sickness
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crushing injury
  • Deafness, sudden
  • Gangrene
  • 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.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/basics/why-its-done/prc-20019167

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=3978

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