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    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Hyperbaric Machine

    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”

    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



    Sudden deafness

    Acute acoustic trauma


    Meniere’s disease

    Malignant otitis externa (chronic infection)


    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