Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can be obtained in a hospital or a freestanding clinic.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been traditionally delivered in hospital-based departments or wound care departments on hospital campuses. Many of these facilities treat both the emergency as well as the chronic conditions.
In the past 15 years however, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment has become more efficient and convenient through the establishment of freestanding clinics. These clinics usually are not equipped to treat the emergency conditions and so have focused only on the chronic conditions. Increasingly, these freestanding clinics also treat “off-label” conditions such as chronic neurological conditions. Examples include cerebral palsy, autism, chronic traumatic brain injury, and chronic stroke. It is estimated that there are now 800 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) centers in the United States.
Regardless of whether the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) center is hospital-based or freestanding, the most important attribute of any facility is whether there is a doctor in attendance. Because Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is both a medical procedure and drug, there are risks and side effects that should be evaluated by a physician before proceeding with treatment. Similarly, a physician should be present during treatment for continuous observation and assessment.