Marrero, LA (PRWEB) November 11, 2011
Preliminary evidence from a study of low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for veterans with chronic blast-induced traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is about to be published. The study was initiated to test the safety and feasibility of HBOT in these conditions, but somewhat surprisingly demonstrated stunning improvements in the veterans. Dr. Harch and colleagues hope the study results will begin to change the way the medical field looks at this life and quality-of-life-saving therapy.
This brain injury program is a direct result of the many years of experience of Dr. Harch treating chronically brain-injured patients. 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 traumatic brain injury or stroke who, months to years after their head injury experienced gratuitous neurological improvement during the course of hyperbaric treatment.
Now, in a continuing effort to have TBI/PTSD recognized as one of the standard accepted indications for HBOT treatment this phase-one study has been completed. With TBI/PTSD renowned as the signature wound acquired from the war on terror Dr. Harch wants all veterans to know that help is available.
To all Veterans, Dr. Harch, Juliette Harch, and Claire Aubrey of Harch Hyperbarics and the staff of the Family Physicians Center would like to thank you for your service.
“To the Veterans who participated in the LSU Pilot Trial Harch Hyperbarics and the staff of the Family Physicians Center thank you for your special service. You placed your trust and confidence in them, took a chance on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and came to New Orleans for treatment from all over the United States. Your commitment of time, energy, and trust hopefully was personally rewarding, but is about to contribute immeasurably to the future health of the hundreds of thousands of fellow Veterans with concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder who have been unable to access the life and quality of life saving potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Within the next week the first article on the study in which you participated will be published. The abstract can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22026588. The full article will soon be published on the Journal of Neurotrauma's website: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/neu/0/jai. Again, thank you for your service and thank you to the many military service and veteran service organizations, non-profit foundations, and private citizens who contributed the funds to complete this study.”
- Dr. Harch and staff.
Harch Hyperbarics Inc.
5216 LAPALCO Blvd
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