Services and Treatments
oxygen therapy involves breathing
100 percent oxygen at an elevated ambient pressure – ordinarily
the air we breathe contains only 21 percent oxygen
at a pressure of one atmosphere (barometric pressure
at sea level).
By breathing 100 percent oxygen
at elevated pressure (2.0 to 3.0 atmospheres),
20 times more oxygen travels through the body's
bloodstream to injured organs and tissue, causing
accelerated healing and other beneficial effects.
Penn's hyperbaric medicine physicians work together
with a patient's referring physician to determine
the best treatment plan possible.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat tissue
damage caused by many chronic, non-healing conditions
Medicare recognizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy
as appropriate treatment for 14 conditions.
Penn Wound Care Center
Each year, six million people in the United States seek treatment for an acute or chronic wound. Penn Hyperbaric Medicine works closely with the Penn Wound Care Center as part of an overall treatment plan to provide patients with the most advanced wound treatment and therapies available.
The hyperbaric medicine team at Penn also provides
emergency care for:
Emergency therapy is available 24 hours a day,
year round. A responsive on-call system coordinates
communication between the division of hyperbaric
medicine and the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania's emergency response teams,
PennSTAR is Penn's helicopter emergency transport,
providing urgent care access across five states
(PA, DE, MD, NJ and NY).