FAQ

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Q. Is hyperbaric oxygen safe?

A. Yes. HBO therapy is administered under the supervision of a team of physicians and highly trained staff to ensure patient safety. Established industry standards and precautions are strictly adhered to at all times. 

Q. What can patients take inside the hyperbaric chamber?

A. This depends on whether the chamber is multiplace or monoplace. Drinking water, tissues, glasses (which can only be removed once) and 100% cotton garments are allowed in a monoplace and multiplace chamber. In a multiplace chamber, a patient can also bring a book or magazine. Items such as synthetics (nylon, rayon, etc.), oil based or petroleum products, lipstick, make-up, nail polish, hair products (sprays, gels, mousse, etc.), hearing aides, contact lenses, cell phones & pagers, radios, tape players, MP3 players, watches, newspapers, and food are not allowed in any hyperbaric chamber.

Q. Who monitors a patient during a HBO treatment?

A. Patients are monitored at all times by a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or a certified hyperbaric technician during their HBO treatment.

Q. How long does the HBO treatment last?

A. Most HBO treatments generally take about 2 hours. Treatments for some indications can last up to 4 hours. Serious diving injuries can require a treatment longer than 5 hours. The hyperbaric physician will determine how long each patient's HBO treatment will last.

Q. How many HBO treatments are needed?

A. The hyperbaric physician determines the number of treatments needed. A patient's diagnosis and their individual response to HBO therapy are a few of the factors taken into consideration. For instance, a patient with a non-healing wound would most likely receive a longer course of treatments than a patient with carbon monoxide poisoning would receive.

Q. Is the referring physician involved with the patient's HBO therapy?

A. At Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia, we make it a priority to keep the referring physician involved in the patient's course of treatment, from the initial day of consultation to the last day of treatment.

Q. Does insurance cover the cost of HBO therapy?

A. Yes, insurance companies are covering HBO therapy for approved indications. We recommend you contact your insurance company to find out about your particular HBOT coverage.

Q. Is Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia different from the other HBO treatment facilities in Georgia?

A. Yes, we are the only physicians group in Georgia to specialize in providing hyperbaric oxygen supervision and wound care at facilities that offers both monoplace and multiplace hyperbaric chambers.  And our practice is evidence-based.  Our physicians work to keep the course of HBO treatment as short as possible, based on published medical literature.