Hyperbaric medicine: an integral part of trauma care.
In conclusion, HBO constitutes an important therapeutic tool in managing a variety of syndromes associated with trauma and is thought to possess potential benefits for the management of others. Because its therapeutic efficacy and limitations are as yet incompletely understood and appreciated, continuing research is warranted. This article provides a discussion of these conditions and applications as well as descriptions of the basic physics of gas behavior, the principle of the physiologic basis of HM, the general manner of clinical application of pressure and oxygen, and the special set of problems encountered when providing sophisticated medical care in the hyperbaric environment. Ultimately, this article encourages the highly motivated trauma anesthesiologist to enhance his or her contribution to and active participation in the field of HM.
Camporesi, EM; Moon, RE; Grande, CM
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