Our HBO unit is located in a regional hospital & we're on call 24/7 for emergencies. Depending on the year, about 80-85% of our patients are out-pts. The 15-20% that are in-pts are typically CO, Nec Fasc, Cl. Gas Gang, Air Emboli, & prep for graft. In some cases (ex. rad nec) we're able to get started in-house before they are transitioned to an out-pt status. The question of "should we move out of the hospital" comes up on occasion. As a regional facility, it would be a great disservice to our patients & community if we were unable to be here in-house. Luckily our HBO physicians are surgeons & want us to remain in-house.
We have a Sechrist monoplace chamber and have the critical care capabilities to run a vent, multiple IV's, Cardiac/BP monitor, external pacer, etc... Depending on the year, we'll see 2-6+ critical patients per year. The question of wether you should be treating critically ill patients will greatly depend on the critcal care experience of your staff.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Brian Pruss, RRT/CHT
Avera McKennan Hyperbaric Medicine