Karnataka, India
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Karnataka, India’s government medical center, Victoria Hospital, made headlines when it got the very first hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit in mid-April.  Their single patient chamber was imported from the US, and allows the patient to endure a one and a half and two hour therapy per session.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in the blood vessels and wounds that may not heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

Common patient conditions that can be treated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy for wound healing are crush injuries, burns and diabetic foot. Vascular problems that can be treated are stroke, heart attack, vascular injuries, brain problems and sports injuries. Infections of the muscle, bones, brain infections, embolism and gas gangrene can also be treated.

The therapy also works during Covid-19 treatment and black fungus treatment. In the elderly, it works for blindness, deafness, erectile dysfunction and for anaemia.