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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Rehab for Brain Injury is Included as the VFW Reiterates High Priority Issues

One specific area of scientific endeavor that we strongly believe merits further exploration is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. The VA is on the periphery of this issue, yet the Congress and veteran service organizations have continually pressed for a thorough evaluation of this treatment. The research suggests this technology could lead to breakthroughs in treating Traumatic Brain Injuries and other serious conditions, so we urge you to support it, and to impress upon VA the need to conduct whatever research is necessary to evaluate the potential of new or existing technology as a treatment tool.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury treatment as a protocol has recently been add the House Armed Services Bill and is known as HR 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. Please show your support of HR 396 by urging your White House Representative to vote YES on this issue.

Traumatic Brain Injury Treated with Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and SPECT Scans Show Progressive Medical Improvement

The brain injury program is a direct outgrowth of the extensive experience of Dr. Harch treating chronically brain injured patients, the independent 22 year clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy experience of Dr. Harch's practice group (Van Meter and Associates) at the Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, the published reports of Drs. Richard A Neubauer and S.F. Gottlieb, and the 27 year clinical experience with brain injury of Dr. R.A Neubauer in Florida. In the late 1980's while at the Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Dr. Harch observed patients with cerebral decompression sickness and/or air embolism who responded to hyperbaric oxygen therapy long after treatment of inert gas bubbles had passed or with delayed treatment months to years after standard U.S. Navy treatments had achieved partial success. In addition, Dr. Harch observed patients with brain contusion or stroke who, months to years after their neurological injury, concomitantly experienced gratuitous neurological improvement during the course of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment for one of the standard accepted indications.

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

On May 25, 2011, at 7:22 PM, William Duncan wrote:
Ok. Now that H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act has been added to the House Armed Services bill today by Congressman Sessions I have had several people ask me what that means and what the process is. Keep in mind it has typically taken 3 years to pass legislation in my other legislative projects. Persistence is key. This is year 3.

IHMA - Report from Inside the Beltway, Washington, D.C.

Compressed air began being used to treat Caisson's disease and diving injuries over 120 years ago. Back in 1936, 74 years ago, Behnke published the diving tables using oxygen instead of just compressed air to treat diving injuries. Oxygen diving tables were not adopted by the U.S. Navy until 1968!

Unfortunately, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has never been taught in U.S. medical schools, and there are only a few Hyperbaric medicine fellowships. Until recently, in 2003 when the IHMA petitioned Medicare and got diabetic foot wounds approved because it prevents 75% of all amputations, Hyperbaric medicine was only available at about 500 locations. Now it is available at over 1,000 locations and increasing weekly. With it, continuing medical education is being pursued by physicians, and many more physicians today are aware of the benefits of saturating the body's tissues with oxygen. Thanks to Congressman Istook's efforts, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is again receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Stephen Thom has published some ground-breaking research as a result. The previous testimony to Congress, before Dr. Harch's in 2002, was in 1963. I assure you that no other medical specialty has taken so long to tell Congress what they are able to do.

Unfortunately, though DoD developed this medicine, it has not been fully implemented to the level of known benefit to patients. This is largely because everyone "thought" they were treating bubbles as the cause of decompression sickness, the primary indication. It turned out they were generally treating damage the bubbles cause, not just bubbles. That was not discovered until 1989. Many today still believe they are treating bubbles, and this misunderstanding has held back the science and acceptance of HBOT as a therapy for general application to the repair of underlying biological processes common to many conditions.

HBOT Treatment eyed for TBI/PTSD Traumatic Brain Disorder caused by Injury to Head and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome Symptoms

Dr. Paul Harch of New Orleans briefed the committee about his use of Hyperbaric Oxygen chambers to treat TBI and PTS, commonly regarded as the signature wounds of the war on terrorism.

Harch has used hyperbaric oxygen treatments for dozens of U.S. veterans who suffered injuries to the head resulting in TBI and who have developed post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. He recently finished up a study on 15 patients who showed improvements in several physical and mental tests after a series of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments, which involves patients breathing 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber.