Principles and practice of hyperbaric medicine: a medical practitioner's primer, part I

Conn Med. Jun-Jul 2014;78(6):325-32.


The purpose of this monograph is to narrow the knowledge gap between current medical practice and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Graduate medical education has not kept pace with the expanding science and practice of hyperbaric medicine. The number of hyperbaric chambers in the state of Connecticut has increased by >400% during the past five years. A brief overview of the science and practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is presented, with additional resources identified where more in-depth coverage can be found. The reader will find the basics of hyperbaric medical practice reviewed and be able to recognize diagnoses that are appropriate for referral to a hyperbaric medical center. The intended audience is practitioners who have had no formal exposure to hyperbaric medicine or chronic wound care.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation* / methods
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation* / standards
  • Oximetry
  • Oxygen* / metabolism
  • Oxygen* / pharmacology
  • Patient Selection
  • Wound Healing / physiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / metabolism
  • Wounds and Injuries / physiopathology
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*


  • Oxygen