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HBOT in TBI

HBOT 1.5 Current Score Card: The Results and Costs of Repairing

 

HBOT 1.5 Current Score Card: The Results and Costs of Repairing

Our Veterans' TBI & PTSD Injuries -- January 30, 2009

 

In the Spirit of the Game: Navy came out on top in the annual Service Academy football rivalry, beating both Army and Air Force in winning another in its series of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Awards. Air Force was next in gridiron victories in this competition.


While the score card for recovering our military TBI casualties through the HBOT 1.5 program has a different impact than academy football fortunes, it should stir a gathering but vital competitive excitement. Similar excitement of the possibilities for hyperbaric therapy was demonstrated at the Navy’s “Consensus Conference” which took place on 2008 Army-Navy weekend. Air Force is winning in HBOT-treated war casualties returning to duty, with Army & Navy tied. But the Doctors who treated them have footed the costs.

HBOT and Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Head Injury Case Presentation:

The patient is a 29 year old female who presented a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) five and one half years after gunshot wound to the head that left her with functional quadriplegia, severe spasticity, autonomic disturbance, and mild cognitive impairment. The patient underwent SPECT Scan brain imaging before and after a single and 80 low-pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) dives which showed a significant improvement in the patchy heterogenous pattern and overall brain blood flow that paralleled improvements in speech, motor, autonomic function, and spasticity.

Oxygen Provides New Hope for Brain Injured Soldiers

Getting soldiers back on their feet and fit for duty with an HBOT treatment regimen that is good government. The money that would have gone for more traditional and expensive treatments of veterans suffering from a head injury can now be used to fund other medically urgent injuries and illnesses.

So, what exactly is Hyperbric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)? HBOT treatments are similar to the treatments given to treat victims of “the bends”, the condition divers sometimes suffer. Patients are placed in a chamber filled with 100 percent oxygen at a positive pressure of one-and-a-half-times normal sea level atmospheric pressure, or what you would experience if you were SCUBA diving at a depth of around 16.5 feet. The treatment involves up to 80 one-hour sessions administered in two blocks or phases over 120 days.

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