HBOT TREATMENT OF 7 COVID-19 PATIENTS WITH RESPIRATORY DISTRESS AT MEMORIAL HERMANN WOUND CARE

(TREATMENT ONGOING) Since 4 May 2020, several COVID-19 positive patients, have commenced HBO therapy at Texas Medical Center’s Wound Care facility. These 7 patients were in a critical condition and heading towards imminent intubation with symptoms including: severe breathlessness, incessant coughing and extremely low oxygen saturation levels. Between 4-6 May 2020, patients have had one HBOT session per day with promising results. Examples: Before 1st HBOT session, Patient #4 had oxygen saturation dropping to 70%. The following day, patient walked across hospital ward to the wheelchair ready to be ferried to his 2nd HBOT session. He was no longer wearing his oxygen mask and, on pulse oximeter check (after his walkabout), O2 saturation was a very promising 90%. Patient #1 was unable to communicate due to extreme breathlessness. Following 3 sessions, patient’s severe breathlessness has disappeared and he is holding animated conversations with ease. After his 1st HBOT session, Patient #3 (who had previously been suffering from incessant coughing with low O2 saturation in the 70s) was no longer in distress – coughing ceased altogether and O2 saturation had risen to an optimal 100%. Patient #5 was “prone” (on his stomach to aid breathing) prior to HBOT. He could barely speak but using the FACES sheet (used to rate pain) he rated his breathing as 10/10 (most difficult), but following his 1st HBOT session he rated ‘breathing difficulty’ as only 2/10. Patient improvements continue with further updates to follow.

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