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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Hyperbaric Medicine Center at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides an advanced, adjunct therapy for both emergent and chronic conditions and wounds.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment where a patient lays inside a chamber that is pressurized with oxygen.

Due to the pressurized environment and exposure to 100 percent oxygen, an increased amount of oxygen travels to the affected areas of the body.

Exposure to increased amounts of oxygen accelerates healing.

As Cleveland’s first hyperbaric medicine center, our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to healing.

For more information or to make a referral, call 216.363.3310.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a wide range of emergency and non-emergency illnesses and injuries, including:

  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism or gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Actinomycosis
  • Cyanide poisoning


Hyperbaric oxygen treatment produces one or more of the following effects:

  • Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue
  • Advanced wound healing
  • Preservation of damaged tissues
  • Elimination and / or reduction of the effects of toxic substances
  • Reduction or elimination of tissue obstruction by gas bubbles
  • Greater blood vessel formation
  • Improved infection control