Hyperbaric Medicine In Marshfield

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves the use of oxygen at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressures to treat a variety of disorders. The hospital’s two state-of-the-art, single-person hyperbaric chambers will provide a safe and non-invasive treatment for patients with difficult wounds, crush injuries, acute burns, bone infection, and radiation injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy supports the body’s healing process by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and helping to control infection.

Patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy are placed in one of two special chambers that administer a 100 percent oxygen rich environment. The high level of oxygen reaches the wound through the bloodstream, resulting in improved healing, greater blood vessel formation and reduced likelihood of infection. The hyperbaric chambers used by Ministry are among the largest and most comfortable available today.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients are entirely enclosed within a clear acrylic chamber that is pressurized up to three times normal atmospheric pressure. One hundred percent oxygen is delivered within this pressurized environment which increases the oxygen concentration in the blood and ultimately in the body tissues. This combination of high pressure and oxygen increases the amount of oxygen available to your body and promotes wound healing.

Each treatment session in the chamber lasts approximately two hours, with patients breathing 100 percent oxygen at 2 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. The patient lies comfortably inside the clear acrylic vessel during their treatment and are able to enjoy personal TV monitors with DVD players or napping during treatment.

Both chambers are monitored closely by physicians, nurses and technologists. For HBOT to be effective, patients need to commit to treatment every weekday for up to six weeks. The staff are specially trained to administer these therapies to patients with a variety of disorders including:
    * Late Radiation Tissue Injury - bone or soft tissue complications
    * Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
    * Compromised skin grafts and skin flaps
    * Problem wounds – such as diabetic foot ulcers
    * Cerebral arterial gas embolism - decompression and iatrogenically induced
    * Clostridial myonecrosis - gas gangren

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an effective treatment for:

  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with or without Cyanide Poisoning
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
  • Decompression Sickness (“Bends”)
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
  • Severe Anemia
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Compromised Grafts and Flaps
  • Acute Thermal Burn Injury
  • Sudden Sensineural Hearing Loss

Conditions for Treatment with Hyperbaric Medicine

Many conditions may benefit from wound care and/or hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Wounds that have not healed in several weeks
  • Post radiation tissue injury
  • Diabetes-related foot and ankle ulcers
  • Crush injuries
  • Venous Stasis or arterial insufficiency ulcers
  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Burns
  • Gangrene
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Central retinal artery occlusion
  • Acute air/gas embolism

Frequently Asked Questions from Patients



Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses pressurized oxygen in healing soft tissue injuries. It can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis.


HBOT increases the amount of oxygen being carried by the blood to the organs and tissues, enhancing the body's ability to heal itself.


During therapy, you are placed into a comfortable and relaxing see-through atmosphere-controlled chamber. There is plenty of room in the chamber for freedom of movement. During each treatment, which typically lasts 2 hours, you may listen to music, watch TV, or a movie, converse with the staff or take a nap.


Our board-certified medical team is highly skilled and experienced and will closely supervise and monitor your treatment to assure that each session is safe, comfortable and effective. Although HBOT has very limited side-effects, our medical staff will discuss any possible treatment issues with you.


The number of HBOT treatments you will require will depend on your specific condition, and the course of your therapy will be discussed before you begin. Depending upon the condition and severity, some patients with poorly healing tissue injuries may require 20 to 40 treatments. Treatments typically last 2 hours and are administered 1-2 times per day, five times per week.


Your physician and the Hyperbaric team will give you specific instructions before your first session. Some general precautions to remember are:
List all medications. Some medications can change the way your body responds to  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, so it is very important to give your Hyperbaric physician a detailed list of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you may be taking. 
No Smoking!
Tobacco products can limit the amount of blood and oxygen circulating to your body tissues.

Referral and Contact Information

Rehabilitations Admissions Coordinator
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
611 Saint Joseph Avenue
Marshfield WI 54449
715.387.9692,  Fax 715.387.7543
Hyperbaric Medicine Department
Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
611 Saint Joseph Avenue
Marshfield WI 54449


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