Hyperbaric

About Us

 

About Us

The Hyperbaric chambers provide High Pressure Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), which helps treat patients suffering from different acute or chronic medical conditions. By using the new highly advanced chambers the Sagol center provides the state of the art hyperbaric treatments for both hospitalized and ambulatory patients coming from all over Israel and different parts of the world.

The Treatments

The indications for hyperbaric treatment can be divided into acute, used for hospitalized patients, and non acute- used for ambulatory out-patients.
Acute indications:
 
  • Decompression sickness and Air Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • Crush injury and Compartment Syndrome
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Thermal burns

Non acute indications:
  • Non healing ischemic wounds
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Osteoadionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis (to the brain, breast, skin, intestine, colon, etc.)
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Bisphosphonate- associated Osteonecrosis
  • A-Vascular Necrosis of the bones (femoral, knee, scaphoid, etc.)
  • Brain Injuries:
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
    • Anoxic Brain Damage (ABD)
    • Fibromyalgia Syndrome

The average treatment coursein non-acute ambulatory indications is 30-60 daily Hyperbaric  treatments (five days a week), each treatment last two hours. The length of the treatment course is according to the specific medical condition the patient.
Patients are able to read, write, listen to music, practice physical therapy exercises or simply rest throughout the treatment.

The treatment is usually two hours long. At the beginning the pressure within the chamber is elevated. This process lasts 8-10 minutes, and it feels like taking off in a plane or diving (the pressure is mostly felt in the ears). Once the desired pressure is reached patients receives oxygen by mask. Each session consists of four rounds of twenty minutes of oxygen treatment with five minute break in between.

Equipment and facility

​The Hyperbaric chambers, produced by the German company HAUX, are considered to be state of the art. The chambers  include an advanced safety system, an advanced control system, and an option to treat patients that require ventilation or respiratory support. There is also a close circuit television inside the chamber.

Each chamber is divided in three compartments (2 for standard treatments and one for mobilization of patients and medical staff when needed), and all together can accommodate up to 38 patients simultaneously. Each patient receives, via mask, pressurized pure oxygen (higher than the atmospheric pressure), which raises the oxygen percentage in the blood and tissues up to 20 times its usual rates. During this process, different physiological responses occur in the body, which facilitate the healing and rejuvenation process in various situations. The high levels of oxygen also improve the White Blood Cell immune functions and helps suppress most strands of bacteria. In addition, the hyperbaric protocol used for the treatment induces stem cell proliferation that is released into the blood circulation.

Staff

Specialized physicians, nurses, neuropsychologists along with a multi disciplinary team, work in the Hyperbaric Center. The staff has many years of knowledge and experience treating patients who suffer from non healing wounds, patients who have suffered neurological injuries as many other complex situations. The staff is well trained in operating the Hyperbaric chamber, both in routine and emergency treatments. The different staff members (Physicians, Nurses, technicians, psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and many others) work as a team and set the treatment goals, all the while working and coordinating with other facilities (nuclear medicine, imaging and MRI), as well as working with different specialists from various departments for consultations.

We strive for quality and excellence in our overall care, as well as abiding by ethical rules and regulations and promoting different research avenues. The staff at the Center puts the patients and their families first, and regard them in the highest value on which the professional work of the center is conducted.