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What is a hyperbaric chamber?

Fotis Dulos is being treated in a hyperbaric chamber after he was found unresponsive in his car at his Farmington home on Tuesday. According to the Mayo Clinic ...

Fotis Dulos is being treated in a hyperbaric chamber after he was found unresponsive in his car at his Farmington home on Tuesday.

According to the Mayo Clinic website:

"Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing."

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