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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Rehab for Brain Injury is Included as the VFW Reiterates High Priority Issues

One specific area of scientific endeavor that we strongly believe merits further exploration is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. The VA is on the periphery of this issue, yet the Congress and veteran service organizations have continually pressed for a thorough evaluation of this treatment. The research suggests this technology could lead to breakthroughs in treating Traumatic Brain Injuries and other serious conditions, so we urge you to support it, and to impress upon VA the need to conduct whatever research is necessary to evaluate the potential of new or existing technology as a treatment tool.”
 
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury treatment as a protocol has recently been add the House Armed Services Bill and is known as HR 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. Please show your support of HR 396 by urging your White House Representative to vote YES on this issue.

Improvement Seen in Traumatic Brain Injury Treated with Low Pressure HBOT

The brain injury program is a direct outgrowth of the extensive experience of Dr. Harch treating chronically brain injured patients, the independent 22 year clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy experience of Dr. Harch's practice group (Van Meter and Associates) at the Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, the published reports of Drs. Richard A Neubauer and S.F. Gottlieb, and the 27 year clinical experience with brain injury of Dr. R.A Neubauer in Florida. In the late 1980's while at the Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Dr. Harch observed patients with cerebral decompression sickness and/or air embolism who responded to hyperbaric oxygen therapy long after treatment of inert gas bubbles had passed or with delayed treatment months to years after standard U.S. Navy treatments had achieved partial success. In addition, Dr. Harch observed patients with brain contusion or stroke who, months to years after their neurological injury, concomitantly experienced gratuitous neurological improvement during the course of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment for one of the standard accepted indications.

Harch HBOT in Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Neurology: A Scientific Perspective

This article will review the current literature and history of application of low pressure (low dosage) LPHBOT to pediatric neurology. The most rigorous study on this subject will be analyzed and its interpretation debated in terms of past and present scientific data and theoretical considerations. The major flaw in the study's conclusion is illustrated by pre and post HBOT SPECT brain imaging on two of the author's cerebral palsy patients and the author's 12-year-experiehce of HBOT treatment of Cerebral Palsy children. There is substantial scientific explanation and data to argue for reimbursement of HBOT in Cerebral Palsy.

HBOT treatment for patients with Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Narcotic Addiction in Post-Intoxication & Abstinence Period

Hyperbaric Oxygenation in the Treatment of Patients with
Drug Addiction, Narcotic Addiction and Alcoholism
 in the Post-Intoxication and Abstinence Periods

 
[Original Article in Russian]
Epifanova NM.

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

 
 
 
On May 25, 2011, at 7:22 PM, William Duncan wrote:
 
Ok. Now that H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act has been added to the House Armed Services bill today by Congressman Sessions I have had several people ask me what that means and what the process is. Keep in mind it has typically taken 3 years to pass legislation in my other legislative projects. Persistence is key. This is year 3.
 

Harch Hyperbarics and The Family Physicians’ Center Congratulate Our HBOT Lottery Winners

Harch Hyperbarics and The Family Physicians’ Center
Congratulate Our HBOT Lottery Winners

  

CONGRATULATIONS! 

 

Shany, Lara, and Tyler

 
To all of the lovely people who have written in expressing their desire to try this life changing therapy, we would like to say:
 
  • Never give up hope
  • You are on the right track by researching Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). We urge you to continue to learn about HBOT, and write to your congressmen and senators. Stress them to advocate for insurance reimbursement for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 
  • If you did not win, we still have your story and you will be entered in the next lottery for another chance to win.
At Harch Hyperbarics and Family Physicians' Center we believe in doing everything we can to help the patients.
 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Emergency Medicine

HBOT in Emergency Medicine

K. Van Meter, L. Weiss, and P.G. Harch

 

As an entry from K. K. Jain's Textbook Of Hyperbaric Medicine all chapter references refer to the 4th Edition.
Hypoxemia and ischemia are the underlying pathologies in many of the conditions seen in an emergency department. In addition to resuscitation and other emergency treatments, hyperbaric oxygen plays a vital role in the management of these patients. This topic is discussed under the following headings:
 
Introduction
Timely resuscitation by augmentation of oxygen delivery to tissue damaged by ischemia is key to many emergency medicine interventions in sickness and injury. Further, the prompt attempt to lessen reperfusion injury and necrosis after initial resuscitative clinical success should not be forgotten. Finally, the patient, once past the initial resuscitative effort, followed by restorative oxygenation, should receive maintenance oxygenation as needed to optimize the chance of continued recovery. In other words, one of the major purposes of an emergency department is to first assure proper oxygen delivery to many of its sick and injured. The oxygen delivery must be adjusted to maximize therapeutic effect in the emergency medicine interventional phases of resuscitation and restoration, and the maintenance phase of patient management.
Oxygen delivery to tissue is dependent on cardiac output. Oxygen delivery to tissue is given by the following formula:
Oxygen delivery = cardiac output x arterial oxygen content 
(Shannon &Celli 1991)
 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Management of Cerebral Palsy

HBOT in the Management of Cerebral Palsy

Virginia Neubauer, Richard Neubauer and Paul Harch

 

An entry from K.K. Jain's Textbook Of Hyperbaric Medicine

Cerebral palsy is a chronic neurological disorder that can be due to several causes of brain damage in utero, in the perinatal period, or postnatally. Hyperbaric oxygen has been shown to be useful in treating children with cerebral palsy. This topic is discussed under following headings:

Causes of Cerebral Palsy Oxygen Therapy in the Neonatal Period Treatment of Cerebral Palsy with HBOT Conclusions

 

Causes of Cerebral Palsy
 

The term cerebral palsy (CP) covers a group of non-progressive, but often changing, motor impairment syndromes secondary to lesions or anomalies of the brain arising in the early stages of development. Between 20 to 25 of every 10,000 live-born children in the Western world have the condition (Stanley et al 2000). Problems may occur in utero, perinatal, and postnatal. Infections, traumatic brain injury, near-drowning and strokes in children suffering from neurological problems come under the heading of cerebral palsy. Diagnosis of cerebral palsy resulting from in utero or early perinatal causes may be made immediately after birth, but more commonly occurs between 15 and 24 months. It is possible that CP may be misdiagnosed for years because specific symptoms may show up very late in childhood. Some of the possible causes of Cerebral Palsy and are listed in Table 21.1.
Although several antepartum causes have been described for CP, the role of intrapartum asphyxia in neonatal encephalopathy and seizures in term infants is not clear. There is no evidence that brain damage occurs before birth. A study using brain MRI or post-mortem examination was conducted in 351 full-term infants with neonatal encephalopathy, early seizures, or both to distinguish between lesions acquired antenatally and those that developed in the intrapartum and early postpartum period (Cowan et al 2003). Infants with major congenital malformations or obvious chromosomal disorders were excluded. Brain images showed evidence of an acute insult without established injury or atrophy in (80%) of infants with neonatal encephalopathy and evidence of perinatal asphyxia. Although the results cannot exclude the possibility that antenatal or genetic factors might predispose some infants to perinatal brain injury, the data strongly suggest that events in the immediate perinatal period are most important in neonatal brain injury. These findings are important from management point of view as HBOT therapy in the perinatal period may be of value in preventing the evolution of cerebral palsy.

We Welcome Our Patients to Harch Hyperbarics and the Family Physicians' Center

WE WELCOME OUR PATIENTS
to
Harch Hyperbarics and
The Family Physicians' Center

 

Approximately 90% of our patients fly in from out of town.

We do what we can to assist in making arrangements for their comfort while they are here in New Orleans. 
The need has arisen to create a SERVICE where certified Nurses’ Aides would be available to assist in the care of out of town patients.
Our Nurses’ Aides are available to help take care of your loved one in a hospital setting, Long Term Care (LTC) Facility, Rehab, or Ronald McDonald House.
 Our Nurses’ Aides work closely with an RN who mentors them and is available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, just ask Juliette at the private office.
 

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