We note with enthusiasm the prompt application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in this recent news story out of Boston. Unconscious in a burning building, the victim was rescued by brave, capable Boston firefighters, Massachusetts General Hospital's excellent ER staff, and the Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In cases like this, HBOT can provide lifesaving treatment for thermal burns, smoke inhalation, and carbon monoxide poisoning within the golden hour after the traumatic event.
While the trip from Dorchester to the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary is a short one by ambulance, there are undoubtedly communities without such ready access to an emergency hyperbaric facility. An update to our treatment center directory will provide an index of chambers with 24-hour access and emergency response capabilities.