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Gas Gangrene and Necrotizing Fasciitis

Gas gangrene and necrotizing fasciitis are acute infections that generally result from a traumatic injury, a surgical procedure, but may develop unexpectedly. These infections progress rapidly and become life-threatening if not treated in a timely manner. The bacteria responsible for these infections produce toxins that quickly break down the infected and surrounding tissues. Individuals with these infections will be treated with intravenous antibiotics and the infected area will be surgically debrided to remove damaged and dead tissue. HBOT is an effective adjunctive therapy to standard treatments because these bacteria thrive in low oxygen environments. By increasing the level of oxygen reaching the tissues, HBOT prevents the spread of the bacteria to adjacent tissues and helps promote healing.

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