Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic wounds

De behandeling van chronische wonden met hyperbare zuurstoftherapie

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  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the administration of pure oxygen (100%) at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure in a compression chamber. By increasing partial pressure of oxygen to hypoxic wound tissues, HBOT is considered as an adjuvant treatment for chronic ulcers of the lower limb.
  • According to a review published in February 2015 by the Cochrane Collaboration, HBOT significantly improved, in diabetic patients with foot ulcers, the ulcer healing in the short term (up to 6 weeks) but not in the long term. HBOT did not allow to reduce the rate of major amputations in this patient group. In venous ulcers, HBOT may reduce the size of wounds. Overall, safety of HBOT could not be
     
  • The conclusions of the Cochrane’s review are in line with a previous KCE report published in 2008 (KCE Reports 74C- 2008).
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Published on: 
2016/03/03