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Hyperbaric Oxygen: indications

Hyperbaric oxygen indication is listed below:

  • Decompression sickness
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning; cyanide poisoning; smoke inhalation
  • Clostridial myostitis and myonecrosis
  • Crush injuries, compartment syndromes and other acute traumatic peripheral ischemias
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Exceptional blood loss anaemia
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Compromised Skin flaps and grafts
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
  • Thermal burns


  1. Gill AL, Bell CN. Hyperbaric oxygen: its uses, mechanisms of action and outcomes. QJM. 2004 Jul;97(7):385-95. Link