Cautions & Contraindications
Let us know before your appointment if you have any of these conditions:
Lung disease, any form
High Blood Pressure- come in a time when it is under control, needs to be below 160/100
Diabetes - come at a time when your blood sugar is most stable
Cataracts - can ripen cataracts
Pregnant - contraindicated
Sinus/ear congestion - take a decongestant an hour before your session
High blood pressure
If you have Volatile high blood pressure, you need to see your medical doctor for evaluation before you may use our chamber.
If reading is above 160/100, patient will need to get a medical evaluation because they might have high blood pressure. Patient should have a hyperbaric oxygen session at the time of the day that their blood pressure is most stable.
Angina and Other Heart Conditions
You will need a Medical Prescription. If doctor says patient is stable, patient may use our hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Staff will make sure that they prop the patient up so they are not lying down flat and potentially causing any fluid to back into the heart.
Sinus Surgery or Ear Disease
If patient has ever had sinus surgery, they may experience some extra pressure in their sinus. The extra pressure is not common, but there is a higher probability. Treatment may be uncomfortable and is not recommended. If you decide to have a hyperbaric session, it is recommended to take a decongestant about 60 minutes before treatment.
Staff will pay extra close attention to the pressure and depressurize more slowly. Staff will tell patient to communicate immediately if they feel extra pressure, and thus technician will pressurize even slower. For most patients, there will be no problem. Technician will watch patient’s face to see if they look comfortable.This can happen for the first 5- 20 minutes to pressurize.
Patient should take their puffer inside the chamber in case of an acute attack.
There can be air trapping when coming back up, so depressurizing will happen very slowly if needed.
Lung Disease and Pneumothorax- Any Form Needs a medical prescription from your personal medical doctor.
Gas can become trapped in the lungs. There is a concern with Co2 and fluid retention and that the patient can't push air out.
Bullos Emphysema: Will be seen in X-rays
Schedule a phone consult or see their doctor for evaluation
Need to be cleared by your personal medical doctor that there is no Phenumothroax
Epilepsy, Seizure, Convulsions
There is a 1/10,000 chance of seizure from too much oxygen. Maintaining stable blood sugar and body temperature reduces these risks even more. Patient may not go into the chamber with a high temperature. If you are diabetic, make sure your blood sugar is at a good place
Hyperbarics lowers blood sugar so if you already have low blood sugar, it can create a concern. Thus, it is required to eat something before your session that will help stabilize your blood sugar. .
There have been cases where patients have gone into their chamber and their cataracts have gotten worse, however, hyperbaric oxygen therapy have never shown to cause cataracts.
Sickle Cell Anemia:
Congenital Spherocystosis: Red blood cells are more sensitive to oxidative stress, however, not a problem at lower pressures.
The technician will take their time with you, making sure that you feel comfortable with the process. You will be able to take in electronic devices at lower pressures or books to fully enjoy the experience. However, many enjoy a good rest. It is recommended that patients come into the facility before making an appointment in order to see the chamber in person to determine if you feel that you can overcome your claustrophobia.
If someone needs their caregiver because the patient is mentally or physically challenged or is a minor, said caregiver will be legally responsible for damage of the equipment and for the actions of the patient. The caregiver is also responsible for conveying technicians' instructions to patients.
Our blood pressure machines do not confirm or diagnose medical conditions and are not always accurate for those purposes. You may go to your doctor to get evaluated.