Patients who develop exceptional anemia have lost significant oxygen transport capacity in the blood. These patients become candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy when they cannot receive blood products for religious or medical reasons.
Hyperbaric oxygenation is administered at 2-3 ATA for periods of up to four hours per treatment. Up to 3-4 sessions a day may be necessary, depending on the patient’s clinical picture.
Treatments should continue until the patient can receive blood products, no longer show end-stage organ failure, or no longer have a calculated oxygen debt.