Oxygen Therapy Safety

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is generally praised as being a very safe procedure and has proved fantastic safety records.

Adverse reactions are extremely rare, and virtually non-existent in procedures with lower dosages.

Around 10% of the population may experience minor discomfort in the ears, which is similar to the effect when congested or during the landing on a plane journey.

Our trained staff should easily be able to assist in preventing or limiting such complications. See the summary of potential HBOT dosage concerns below:

  • 60 min at 1.3 ATA – Considered Extremely safe – no serious concerns have been reported.
  • 60 min at 2.0 ATA – Very few minor concerns – considered very safe.
  • 60 min at 2.0 ATA – Slightly higher risk – more serious reactions may occur on very rare occasions.

If you’re still unsure, we’ve provided some tips on how to avoid any discomforts:

  • Lower pressures are considered safer for a larger population.
  • Try to make sure you take a 4 hour break between sessions.
  • Limiting sessions to 60 minutes is advised, but you can take longer if you have regular air breaks.
  • Ensure the chamber is constantly venting and is pressurised with air. Try to make sure the only oxygen entering the chamber is via your breathing apparatus to maximise on safety.
  • Lower flow oxygen delivery is advised. Oxygen concentrators are the safest apparatus but levels above 1.5 ATA may require you to use a higher oxygen flow.
  • Eating something before your treatment can prevent any issues with your blood-sugar levels. You should speak with the hyperbaric attendant if you suffer from diabetes or other blood-sugar issues.
  • Ensure that the HBOT centre you choose have staff that are properly trained in safety techniques such as pressurisation to correct levels, in order to reduce the chance of adverse reactions.