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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment: 201-894-3898
After hours emergency main number 201-894-3000

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is the only institution in Northern New Jersey, with a fully certified staff (NBDHMT), that offers patients Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as part of a comprehensive regimen of treatment for a wide range of disorders.

Englewood Hospital is home to the only 24/7 full service HBO treatment center in New Jersey. It is also the only HBO program in the area to earn accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.

For Diving Emergencies call the Divers Alert Network (DAN): 919-684-8111.

Overview

Although Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) sounds highly technical, the concept is rather simple. Originally developed to treat deep-sea divers who suffer from the “bends,” HBO not only reduces air bubbles caused by diving accidents, but also increases the amount of oxygen carried to body tissue through the blood stream.

Hyperbaric, made up of hyper meaning “excessive,” and baric meaning “atmospheric pressure,” refers to “ excessive pressure.” Oxygen administered at an atmospheric pressure greater than normal delivers between 10 and 15 times the oxygen received by breathing normally. Under pressure, oxygen acts as a medication that can increase the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, inhibit the production of toxins, reduce tissue swelling from poor circulation, stimulate the growth of capillaries, terminate deterioration of cells and even maintain oxygenation of tissue without the presence of the key oxygen carrying element in blood, hemoglobin.