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  1. I am not sure what hyperbaric nursing is. Would you fill me in?

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  3. by   nilepoc
    Nursing in a hyperbaric chamber. Usefull for divers who get the bends (nitrogen narcosis), CO poisoning patients, and some say for wound healing. It is a rather special field, we have only one hyperbaric chamber in our whole city, maybe our state.

    I don't know much else about it though.
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  5. by   JW-HLC
    Don't know if you are still looking for information but the following link has some useful information - it is often helpful in bloodless treatments as in for the treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses. The site gives details of many cases that it is used for:-

    Hyperabric Oxygen Treatment
  6. by   H2OHead
    I have seen hybrebaric treatments in the hospital for wound healing. Increased partial pressures of oxygen are supposed to have a positive effect on difficult wounds. I have also seen where a whole team enters a large chamber and lavaged a womans lungs. Brutal invasive proceedure for bad empyema, but done in hyper oxygen setting and the pt did very well. I am interested in diving medicine. I will be an RN soon (gradutae may 2nd, and I love to scuba dive. I can't think of a better way to make a living. If anyone has any info on hyperbaric nursing/diving medicine/decompreesion theory, please let me know.

  7. by   Stargazer
    Mac, I used to work as an Inside Attendant in this unit for several years. A ton of published research has come from this unit, as well, which you can find with links from this site or with a Google search.

    I'd also be happy to answer any questions you have about working in a hyperbaric unit.
  8. by   RN2B2005

    Check out Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle, WA (www.vmmc.org). They have the only non-military fixed hyperbaric chamber in the region (maybe the only one in the region, period) and an entire department devoted to hyperbaric medicine and research. It is used for decompression treatment for the "bends"; hyperoxygenation of wound sites; CO poisoning treatment; and assorted other things. As a nursing specialty, it is both physically and mentally demanding and definitely very unique.
  9. by   RN2B2005
    Ah, apologies to Stargazer. You already gave Mac the link to Virginia Mason. I was so excited about having something intelligent to say (doesn't happen often) that I didn't check to see that you had already said it. Cripes. Sorry.
  10. by   vaughanmk
    There is a hospital in Kansas City with several chambers used for wound care and another hospital that has one for general use. A friend of mine runs the wound clinic that has the chambers. They are amazing devices and help the patients that use them.
  11. by   MommyJoy
    Quote from vaughanmk
    There is a hospital in Kansas City with several chambers used for wound care and another hospital that has one for general use. A friend of mine runs the wound clinic that has the chambers. They are amazing devices and help the patients that use them.
    I just read this post about the hospital in Kansas City. My aunt has been to a hospital in KC three times for wound care. Her first situation involved a case of staph infection in her arm. It was so bad, that the doctors in Topeka, KS. had amputation scheduled. My mom and I heard about the KC hospital, transferred her there, and her arm was better in about 2 months. She recently went back for another wound, and again the hyperbaric chamber helped her. The third time, the only thing that would help her was the hyperbaric again.

    I am in nursing school in Oklahoma, and because of my aunt's experiences I am very interested in hyperbaric nursing and wound care.

    I just thought you might be interested in my story.
  12. by   goodknight
    Quote from nilepoc
    Nursing in a hyperbaric chamber. Usefull for divers who get the bends (nitrogen narcosis)
    Just thought I'd correct something here. Nitrogen Narocosis or Narc'd as it is more commenly called among divers is a drunk like sensation while diving and goes away as soon as the diver surfaces. The bends (what you treat w/ a chamber) is decompression sickness or DCS. This is when the body does not off gas efficiently and bubbles develop in the blood stream. When this happens the diver must be returned to depth in a chamber so that the bubbles can reabsorb and then be slowly off-gassed while ascending.

    Just thought I'd clear that up, no disrespect to nilepoc.
  13. by   Daytonite
    I recently completed 75 dives. I had radiation therapy in 1996 postoperatively for a parotid tumor. Somehow, my dentist missed some decay under the crown of a molar that was in the radiation field. It had to be extracted. I was sick about the whole thing. I had 20 pre-extraction HBO treatments. Being an RN and knowing enough to be dangerous I was very worried about osteoradionecrosis. I think we dodged the bullet this time, but I had to have a debridement a month after the tooth was extracted to remove some necrotic bone. The socket remained open and the wound just didn't look like it was going to come together and heal. And, then during the last two weeks of HBO it was like my fairy godmother touched me with her magic wand because it healed and closed up that fast.

    The respiratory therapists were terrific. The actual treatments for me were kind of boring because it's not all that much fun being confined for an hour and a half in a chamber, but I endured. I constantly questioned the nurse about how they handled situations like a patient having a seizure or a cardiac arrest while they were in the pressurized chamber. They were just so calm and cool about answering my questions.
  14. by   vivalasvegas
    Hyperbaric nursing is what you make of it.
    you can find chambers that can accommodate your skill level or enhance it.

    Nursing is pretty much the same as far as assessment basic care and education, but to be really effective and earn your pay you will need to have critical care experience. Many of the chambers have technicians that dive/drive/monitor the "normal' dives - treatments with patients that are not critical.
    Critical dives/treatments - Traumatic amputaions, serious soft tissue necrosis, crush injuries or anything with monitoring devices, IV's and big drugs are going to need a nurse to dive the patient during treatment. Some facilities allow their technicians to perform some dives with IV's or other monitoring devices, but that all depends on the medical director - it is his license.
    Again much of the protocol concerning treatment is site specific. I would recommend visiting the sites listed in other replies and checking out UHMS.org, baromedical.com, hyperbaricnursing.org, and any hospital sites with chambers, they are going to be a little more reputable than some of the free standing units. Ain't knocking them, but some of them are really fly by night. Stick with the big boys initially to get your feet wet and learn the ropes before you venture into free standing.
    Lastly, I would recommend you find a nearby hyperbaric chamber and go visit them. pick their brains! like any specialty, you stroke their ego by having them explain their job and their importance! I know! I used to run a facility! It is a wonderful field growing everyday!

    I babble a bit too much! I hope this helps!
    Cheers -