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Summary and recommendations using the BioBarica Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

 

The Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 chamber is a soft chamber that goes to a maximum of 1,4 ATM and uses 90% Oxygen enriched air from an Airsep Oxygen concentrator. The BioBarica chamber is an ancillary therapy and no claims, either real or implied are being made. This type of hyperbaric therapy is considered medium pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT).

 

There are 15 classified medical conditions for which hard chamber HBOT is officially approved (arterial gas embolism, decompression sickness, Carbon monoxide poisoning, Clostridial Myositis and myonecrosis (Gas gangrene), crush injuries, compartment Syndrome and other traumatic ischaemias, enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds, necrotising soft tissue infections, refractory osteomyelitis, delayed radiation injury, compromised skin grafts and flaps, acute thermal burns, severe blood loss anaemia, inoperable brain abscesses, central retinal artery thrombosis, idiopathic sudden, sensorineural hearing loss). More information on accredited hard chambers can be obtained from the Southern African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (www.sauhma.org).

 

In recent years, it has become internationally accepted that many other conditions may benefit from the process of “hyperoxia”; which is the process of increasing the level of Oxygen within the body.

 

mHBOT assists as a co-adjuvant therapy with a very large number of conditions where mHBOT has proved very successful but are not yet endorsed by the medical schemes as medical treatments due to ongoing clinical research.

 

A brief summary of conditions where mHBOT serves as a co-adjuvant therapy includes but are not limited to: 

 

General use: Stress, Depression, Rejuvenation.

Neurology: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease.

Wound Care: Burns & Grafts, Diabetic Ulcers.

Musculoskeletal Recovery: Sports Injuries, Muscle, tendon & bone injuries

Chronic Conditions: Cancer, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Varicose Veins, Sleep Disorders, Circulatory Disorders, Migraines & Headaches

  

Entering a Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 chamber signifies a clear understanding and acceptance of these recommendations and a declaration that there are no conditions present that would impede or harm a person from using the chamber. 

 

General

 

Biobarica hyperbaric sessions invoiced directly through Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd will be treated as private and are not medical aid claimable. All packages carry a three-month expiry period from date of purchase. Sessions not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance will be fully charged. Late sessions will be cut down in time accordingly. There will be no reimbursement of packages after three sessions have been used.

 

Medical Aid

 

At present, mHBOT administered by a Biobarica chamber is not covered by medical aids in South Africa.

 

Session duration and frequency

 

mHBOT consist of a series of sessions inside the Biobarica 430 chamber for period from 60 to 90 minutes. The amount of sessions and their duration will vary from person to person.

 

Informed Consent declaration

 

I hereby authorize Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd and any agent, employee, franchisee or otherwise nominated person thereof to perform medium pressure hyperbaric Oxygen therapy on me using a Biobarica 430 chamber.

 

I fully understand the pressurization and de-pressurization process and the associated risks thereof.

 

I acknowledge that the Biobarica system is considered Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; and is not considered Hyperbaric Medicine.

 

I have been informed of the risks, benefits and foreseeable complications. I recognize that no guarantees or claims have been given to me with regards to the results of Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I acknowledge that medium Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an adjunctive therapy and should be used in conjunction with other primary modes of healthcare.

 

I understand that hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, and specifically Medium hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a complimentary therapy and does not constitute a treatment on its own. I understand that no guarantee of healing or cure of any disorder can be given and understand that Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd and any agent, employee, franchisee or otherwise nominated person can be held liable in the absence of healing.

 

Prior to each session, before entering the Biobarica 430 chamber, I undertake to inform the operator if I have a cold, otitis, coughing or other recent pulmonary infection, sinusitis or if I have other symptoms at the moment outside of the ordinary that I consider has to be reported.

 

Once I have entered the Biobarica 430 chamber I shall immediately inform the chamber operator if I suffer any earache or any other relevant medical symptoms.

 

I note that I should come to each session bathed and wounds dressed. I further note that I should be free of uncontrolled high blood pressure and dizziness and must have eaten within the hour previous to treatment if I am Diabetic.

 

I consent and will comply with the aforementioned conditions to enter a Biobarica 430 chamber. I have been given the opportunity to ask all questions pertaining to the session and all have been answered fully and satisfactorily in easy terms for my understanding.

 

BioBarica and Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd hereby indemnifies themselves, members, directors, instructors, employees, officers, franchisees and agents from all liability or responsibility whatsoever for bodily injury, damage to or loss of property or death, howsoever caused, and indemnifies and holds harmless the indemnified parties against any claim, loss, demands, liability, costs and expenses of whatsoever nature which may be made against any of them (including the costs incurred in defending or contesting any such claim) arising out of or connected with any agreement undertaken. I hereby confirm that I accept the above disclaimer.

Payment and Reimbursements, Cancellations and no shows. 

 

Once payment has been received by Oxygenate or any of its affiliated branches, NO CASH will be refunded for unused sessions. All endeavors will be made to accommodate clients preferred sessions times and locations. Packages expire within 3 months of purchase. Late cancellations and no shows (less than 24 hours) will be charged in full. Monthly package holders will be invoiced separately at standard rates. 

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Note: The above information does not constitute a medical recommendation for the use of mHBOT in any given situation. The information contained on this website is for informational and educational purposes only. No claims, either actual or implied are made with regards to the indications for use of mHBOT. Persons considering any form of therapy should seek medical advice concerning their unique health status. It is not to be construed as medical advice or as advocating any form of medical treatment nor is it intended as a source for medical reference purposes.

 

The Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 hyperbaric chamber used by Hyperbaric Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a soft chamber that goes to a maximum of 1,4 ATA and uses 90% Oxygen enriched air from an Airsep Oxygen concentrator. This type of hyperbaric therapy is considered “Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” (mHBOT). 

 

The UHMS defines hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) as an intervention in which an individual breathes near 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to greater than sea level pressure (1 atmosphere absolute, or ATA). For clinical purposes, the pressure must equal or exceed 1.4 ATA while breathing near 100% oxygen.

 

According to the UHMS definition and the determination of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other third party carriers, breathing medical grade 100% oxygen at 1 atmosphere of pressure or exposing isolated parts of the body to 100% oxygen does not constitute HBO2 therapy. The patient must receive the oxygen by inhalation within a pressurized chamber. Current information indicates that pressurization should be to 1.4 ATA or higher.

 

The Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 hyperbaric chamber and/or mHBOT is not a substitute for a hard chamber hyperbaric therapy that is traditionally used in cases such as decompression sickness, underwater accidents, aviation and bio-warfare trauma; where higher pressures are required for medical reasons. At all times, persons requiring assistance with these or any other condition should seek medical advice from the relevant health professionals. 

 

A comprehensive list of accredited hard chambers can be obtained from the Southern African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (www.sauhma.org).

mHBOT and all activities associated with the use of mHBOT discussed on this website are considered co-adjuvant in nature and are not reimbursable by the medical schemes.

Hyperbaric Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd, its directors, employees, stakeholders and other persons associated with this website are  not responsible for any injury, damage, or loss howsoever arising difficulty that may occur as a result of any conduct taken by any person or agency in regards to mHBOT or this website.