Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment given in a comfortable, climate-controlled, see-through chamber. “Hyperbaric” means “higher than the normal atmospheric pressure.” Most treatments are given at two to three times normal pressure. Normally, oxygen is 21% of the air we breathe. In the HBO chamber, the air is 100% oxygen. The combination of increased pressure and 100% oxygen significantly increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream which may provide the following benefits:
increased and decreased at the beginning and end of the treatment.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is offered at two locations in Greenville Health System. Both locations offer outpatient treatments and the hospital serves the inpatients as well.
John Kudlak, D.O., Medical Director of Hyperbaric Services at Greenville Memorial Hospital
Greenville Memorial Hospital
701 Grove Road, Greenville, SC, 29605
Thomas L. Oliver, MD, CWSP, Medical Director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center
Vascular Health Alliance/Patewood Campus
200 Patewood Drive Building C Third floor
Greenville, SC, 29615
Consultation is provided by the GHS physicians trained in hyperbaric medicine through approved courses of the AMA/Undersea Medical Society. Patients will be screened for appropriateness and contraindications as well as insurance coverage.
The main therapeutic value of hyperbaric oxygen lies in increasing the tissue partial pressure of oxygen. An arterial pressure of 1800mm of mercury is possible when the patient breathes 100% oxygen at 2.5 Atmospheres Absolute (ATA).