[abstract] WHERE ARE THE HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS - WHAT IS BEING TREATED.

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Title: [abstract] WHERE ARE THE HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS - WHAT IS BEING TREATED.
Author: Myers, RAM; Schnitzer, BM; Britten, GA
Abstract: A ten year study has now been undertaken to determine the location of the hyperbaric units in the continental USA. Both multiplace and mono-place chambers are included in this survey and a broad category of disease entities treated. Questionnaires were sent to chamber units in 1976, 1979 and 1981 to cover the time frame from 1970 to 1980. The chamber locations were determined from multiple sources including the manufacturers, the Naval Directory of Worldwide Shore based hyperbaric chambers and various hyperbaric meetings. The diseases have been classified into the four categories determined by the Undersea Medical Society Committee on Hyperbaric Medicine. A great upsurge in the number of active hyperbaric chambers and the total number of patients treated has been noted over the past four years. The number of chambers has increased from 40 to 122. The number of patients treated has increased from 7,700 in 1976 to over 20,000 in 1980. This represents a real increase in activity as many of the chambers have only started functioning the past two to three years. The types of conditions treated have indicated a change from 1976 where 72% of the conditions treated were Category I and II to 1980 where only 54% represent Categories I and II. A detailed breakdown of the conditions treated will be presented under the Categories I, II, III and IV. In conclusion, there is a real increase in the usage of hyperbaric medicine. However, the greatest increase represents treatment of patients in Categories III and IV for which there would not appear to be sufficient research or clinical evidence for the rationale of effectiveness nor the actual effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen in the successful treatment of these conditions. The hyperbarists treating clinical patients are exorted to concentrate on treatments in Categories I and II while doing research into the other categories to define why hyperbaric oxygen should be used.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 1-5,1982 in Norfolk, Virginia (http:www.uhms.org).
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7372
Date: 1982

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