Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

The following is the list of indications treated in hospitals and clinics considered by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS) and the International Hyperbaric Medical Association (IHMA) as accepted indications.

Accepted Indications (14) for HBOT Endorsed by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (U.H.M.S.) USA

Hyperbaric Indications accepted and treated

  1. Air or gas embolism **
  2. Carbon monoxide poisoning and CO poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning.
  3. Clostridal myositis and myonecrosis, (gas gangrene)
  4. Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemia
  5. Decompression sickness **
  6. Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds **
  7. Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  8. Intracranial abscess, actinomycosis
  9. Necrotizing soft tissue infections **
  10. Refractory osteomyelitis (Infected bone)
  11. Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bone necrosis) **
  12. Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  13. Thermal burns
  14. Diabetic Ulcers **

The 6 Indications as marked above are reimbursed by Medicare in Australian Hospitals only. **


The full list of 14 Indications are reimbursed by Government Funded Healthcare in the USA.

The information provided in this document provided by Hyperbaric clinics is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material in this information is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a hyperbaric doctor, your practitioner or qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding specific medical indications. The information provided does not constitute a medical recommendation, no claims, either real or implied, are being made.

Hyperbaric “Circle of Events”

Treatable Indications

The indications listed below are treated in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) clinics worldwide and compiled from the International Hyperbaric Medical Association (IHMA) as accepted “off label” indications.

ICU, critical care and diving are treated in hospital based HBOT Chambers and 6 indications are funded by Medicare in Australia.

In the USA 14 indications are funded by Medicare.

Plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic surgery

Adjunct to burns treatments

Re implantation surgery

Pre and Post surgery

Gastric ulcer Pre/Post surgery

Necrotizing enter colitis Pre/Post Surgery  |  Crohn’s disease

Paralytic ileuses Pre/Post surgery

Pneumotoides cystoids intestinalis Pre/Post surgery

Hepatitis Pre/Post surgery

Plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic surgery

Adjunct to burns treatments

Re implantation surgery

Pre and Post surgery

Post Surgery:
Delayed healing

Reduces recovery time

Infection instability

Sickle cell crises

Sever blood loss anemia


Lung abscesses

Pulmonary embolism

Crush injuries

Compartment syndrome

Soft tissue injuries

Sports injuries

Post concussion syndrome

Occlusion of central artery of retina

Macular degeneration

Wound Care:
Problem wounds

Delayed healing

Recurrent ulcers

Thermal burns

Spider bite

Diabetic ulcers

Aid to Rehabilitation:
Spastic hemiplegia of stroke

Paraplegia / Quadriplegia

Non union fractures

Bone grafts

Stress fractures

Multiple sclerosis  |  Migraine

Multi-infarct dementia

Spinal cord injury

Chronic fatigue  |  Brain abscess

Peripheral neuropathy

Radiation myelitis

Parkinson’s disease

Lyme disease  |  Stress

Autism  |  Cerebral palsy

Acquired brain injury
TBI/PTSD  |  Cerebral oedema


Rheumatoid arthritis

Cardiovascular Diseases:
Myocardial ischemia

Aid to cardiac surgery


Venous’ arterial ulcers

Ischemic leg pain

Ischemic gangrene

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IHMA – list of treatable “off label” indications

UHMS – List of Indications Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine