HBOT Now: oxygen boost to heal respiratory diseases

City Health

Victoria hospital gets Karnataka’s first hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit which will be free of cost for people below the poverty line (BPL).

With Covid-19 cases falling in Bengaluru, cases of respiratory infections are rising.  A popular treatment to cure complex respiratory infections and sick tissues is the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). It is a medical approach that involves forcing patients to breathe 100 percent oxygen in a chamber.

Victoria hospital has purchased a hyperbaric chamber from Tekna manufacturing company to counter respiratory infections. . “ HBOT department will be completely run by hospital staff. The manufacturing company will provide training to the hospital staff,” said Murlidharan, director of Tekna manufacturing company.

World Health Day

On the occasion of World Health Day on April 7, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakarin a report said that the government will focus on creating screening and diagnosis systems to predict and prevent diseases at an early stage and create awareness, as stated in a report.

“Our atmosphere has deteriorated due to air pollution, leading to many lung and respiratory diseases. People come to doctors only after they start experiencing symptoms. We need to change this behaviour and increase awareness about non-communicable and lifestyle diseases,” he said.

The process

The press release of the hospital noted that patient requires 10 to 30 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to recover. The cost for each session is one to four thousand rupees at Victoria hospital.

HBOT is a medical approach that involves patients breathing oxygen in a chamber. When body tissues are injured, patients require more than normal oxygen to survive, and hence, HBOT increases the amount of oxygen their blood can carry.