History of Hyperbaric Chambers and|
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Multiplex Inc. - Hyperbaric
Chambers and Medical Wound Care
"Hyperbaric chambers and hyperbaric oxygen
been in use for centuries, as early as 1662. However, hyperbaric oxygen
therapy has been used clinically since the mid 1800's. HBO was tested and
developed by the U.S. Military after World War
I. It has been used safely since the 1930's to help treat deep sea divers
with decompression sickness. Clinical trials in the 1950's uncovered a
number of beneficial mechanisms from exposure to hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
These experiments were the forerunners of contemporary applications of
HBO in the clinical setting. In 1967, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical
Society (UHMS) was founded to foster the exchange of data on the physiology
and medicine of commercial and military diving. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee
was developed by the UHMS in 1976 to oversee the ethical practice of hyperbaric
Also recommended reading is Hyperbaric
Oxygen Therapy : The First 150 Years.
Extracts From Hyperbaric Forum:
"Oxygen was discovered independently
by the Swedish apothecary Karl W. Scheele, in 1772, and by the English
amateur chemist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804),
in August 1774. In 1783, the French physician Caillens was the first doctor
reported to have used oxygen therapy as a remedy. In 1798 the Pneumatic
Institution for inhalation gas therapy was founded by Thomas Beddoes (1760-1808),
a physician-philosopher, in Bristol, England. He employed Humphrey Davy
(1778-1829), a brilliant young scientist as superintendent of the Institute,
and the engineer James Watt (1736-1819), to help
manufacture the gases. The institute was an outgrowth of the new knowledge
about gases (such as oxygen and nitrous oxide) and their manufacture. However,
therapy was based on Beddoes' generally incorrect assumptions about disease;
for example, Beddoes assumed that some diseases would naturally respond
to a higher or lower oxygen concentration. As might be expected, the treatments
offered no real clinical benefit, and the Institute succumbed in 1802."
is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric chambers are used for a mode of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen at pressures
greater than normal atmospheric (sea level) pressure.
Chambers and Diving Medicine
Located a thousand miles inland
from the sea, Milwaukee would seem an unlikely site to become a development
and testing ground for innovations in deep-sea diving. However, the saga
of how it earned this distinction begins with the story of a couple of
exceptional Milwaukeans, Dr. Edgar End and Max Gene Nohl.
Hyperbaric Chambers and Diving Medicine -
Milwaukee's Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy History
Written by Eric P. Kindwall, M.D.
"No one knew what caused the "rapture
of the deep," or narcosis, experienced at depth until in 1935 Dr. Albert
Behnke, a Navy submarine medical officer, proved it was nitrogen...
...Two years later, Dr. End, then a 26-year-old intern at the Milwaukee
County General Hospital, felt that helium in the breathing mixture to replace
the nitrogen would obviate the problem of narcosis. Despite the fact that
the U.S. Navy had tried and failed to make helium work--it produced severe
decompression sickness--End developed new decompression tables of his own.
He then tested them on himself at the old recompression chamber in the
basement of the County Emergency Hospital at 24th and Wisconsin. The tables
worked, and End was then able to interest Max Nohl in trying them out.
Max was an engineer and diver who had worked his way through M.l.T. by
diving in Boston harbor. He had developed his own self-contained diving
suit, which had as its only gas supply two bottles strapped to his back.
Preliminary tests in the chamber and then in Lake Michigan indicated that
the tables indeed were functional, and they decided to try to set a world
The Role Of Hyperbaric Oxygen
Therapy In Emergency Medicine
Modern use of hyperbaric oxygen
therapy in clinical medicine began in 1965 with the work of Churchill-Davidson
Oxygen Therapy and Asthma
The basics of hyperbaric oxygen
therapy is enclosing a patient within a cylinder and pressurizing the cylinder.
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