Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Advanced Wound Center at North Shore Medical Center treats patients with chronic or non-healing wounds using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Our two new hyperbaric chambers at NSMC Salem Hospital represent the latest technology in wound treatment. We are the only hospital in the Partners HealthCare System to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and one of only a few who offer it north of Boston.

About This Therapy

During HBOT a patient breathes 100 percent pure oxygen while under pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. This infuses more oxygen into the blood, which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing. 

A typical treatment last two to three hours. Treatments may be scheduled three to five times per week over the course of a month or more. Successful healing requires close coordination between the clinic and a patient’s primary care physician. 

Beneficial for treating:

  • Diabetic wounds that are slow to heal
  • Tissue that has been damaged by radiation therapy
  • Skin or bone infections or skin grafts
  • Wounds that have shown no improvement over a month period

Not all patients are a good candidates for HBOT. In order to make use of the hyperbaric chambers, a patient has to be able to tolerate roughly three times normal atmospheric pressure. Patients who have lung or cardiac disease, or who have ear problems, might not be eligible.


Standing Strong: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Diabetic Wound Patient Get Back on His Feet

Treatment at NSMC’s Advanced Wound Center helped Gloucester resident Richard Kelley fight off a dangerous infection. Watch video