Questions to ask when choosing a Hyperbaric facility

Does the facility have a physician on staff with formal training in Hyperbaric Medicine?

The facility should have a physician on staff that is trained in Hyperbaric Medicine. Just as you would seek a Cardiologist for your heart, you should look for a clinic that has a doctor with experience in the treatment methods they are prescribing.

Does the facility have experience treating your specific diagnosis?

Hyperbaric Oxygen is known to treat a myriad of conditions for which different approaches and protocols are necessary. It is important to find a physician that understands the different applications so that the best possible outcome can be achieved.

Who will be operating and monitoring the patient in the Hyperbaric chambers?

The National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology has a course that trains qualified healthcare professionals to operate Hyperbaric chambers. Following the course is a specific, lengthy apprenticeship and a National Board examination. Upon completion of these requirements the title of Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) will be gained. A CHT is the only certification that permits a healthcare professional to run the chambers.

Does the facility use 100% medical grade oxygen?

The air that we breathe contains 21% oxygen. The benefit from hyperbaric oxygen is equally from atmospheric pressure and concentration of oxygen. 100% Medical grade oxygen is tested and held to a very strict standard for concentration and purity before it can be sold, unlike other types.

Does the facility follow NFPA standards?

The National Fire Protection Association has created a specific chapter of safety standards for hyperbaric facilities including the construction of the facility and the fabrication of the chambers. These are for the safety of the personnel as well as the patient. Any facility utilizing a hyperbaric chamber should be aware and in compliance with these standards.

Have the chambers been ASME/PVHO approved and stamped?

American Society of Mechanical Engineers/ Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy was established to test the pre-construction design of any pressure vessel containing a human occupant. All chambers that hold human occupants should have a visible stamp of approval on the body of the chamber that clearly shows PVHO-1. This stamp insures that the chambers has been inspected and approved by the ASME/PVHO and is safe to occupy under a pressurized environment.