Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies & Referrals

2132 Amnicola Hwy Chattanooga, TN 37406

Phone : 423-698-4612

Fax : 423-622-8145

Hyperbaric Oxygen

R.I.V.E.R. is one of the only 11 facilities in the country that offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A list of some the facilities can be found on the website of the Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society.
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Hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) is the therapeutic use of a pressurized, 100% oxygen atmosphere. Scientific studies of HBOT began as early as 1895, when Scottish physician John Scott Haldane evaluated the effect on carbon monoxide toxicosis in humans. Brazilian physician, Alvaro Osorio de Almeida, applied the first clinical use of HBOT when he addressed central nervous system toxicities encountered while treating cancer patients with HBOT in the early 1930s.

HyperbaricsFollowing this, the US Navy used HBOT in an effort to provide better therapy for decompression illness in humans, which is why a typical HBOT treatment is often referred to as a “dive”.

Veterinarians first used HBOT in the late 1990s to treat traumatic brain injury patients, and the Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society was formed in 2006 to educate professionals about hyperbaric medicine and its application, collaborate in the discovery of new knowledge, and promote operator and patient safety.

Benefits of HBOT:

  • Increase in the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood and, thus, the diffusion of oxygen into tissues
  • Increase in leukocyte oxidative killing capacity
  • Decrease in production of clostridial alpha toxins
  • Synergistic with some antibiotics

Some common uses:

  • Global ischemia
  • Head trauma
  • Fibrocartilagenous emboli
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system
  • Wounds
  • Envenomation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver disease

To schedule an HBOT dive, please contact us at 423-698-4612.