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Preparing Your Diabetic Patient for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Once you have purchased a hyperbaric chamber and have it set up, you must first know how to prepare your patients before treatment. It is important that your patient understands prior to the first treatment what is expected of him/her and what he/she can expect. You can do this by preparing a pre-treatment packetĚ to be sent home with the patient, prior to the first treatment. This is important for several reasons, but most importantly for the safety of the patient. The packet should include information on treatment guidelines, including the importance of not wearing any beauty products. This includes:
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Hair spray and hair gel
  • Wigs/toupees
  • Finger and toenail polish
  • Jewelry and watches
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses
  • Contact lenses
Patients with diabetic foot ulcers should not wear a sock on the ulcerated foot, as exposure to the extra oxygen is beneficial for the wound. In addition, you can instruct your patient to bring a book or watch an externally mounted LCD TV or external MP3 music player. Sechrist offers a convenient sliding LCD monitor that mounts outside the chamber and slides back and forth for the patient comfort.

Patients should be advised of the pressure changes they will likely feel in their ears. This usually only occurs within the first 5 minutes. They can be instructed to yawn, move their lower jaw or pinch their nose and blow out their mouth. Occasionally, this sensation can be felt between treatments, but can be relieved the same way. If a patient is anxious, due to the confined chamber, they can be shown relaxation techniques or, if the doctor feels the necessity, he/she can be sedated.

We at Sechrist are delighted that you have made the choice to buy from the largest hyperbaric chamber manufacturer in the country. Not only are we here to sell the product to you, but we are here to guarantee your success and satisfaction. Please take some time to browse our website. You will be able to find all the pertinent information that will help you get started as a hyperbaric oxygen therapy provider.