Hyperbaric Medicine Facility

The Dr. Peter J.R. Jebson Hyperbaric Medicine Facility provides elite hyperbaric treatment to patients across Iowa and the remaining Midwestern states.

Our team includes specially trained physicians, respiratory therapists, biomedical personnel, and other technical support staff. They have additional training in critical care treatment, advanced life support, and diving and decompression medicine.

The University of Iowa has been using hyperbaric oxygen therapy since 1988 and currently operates the largest hyperbaric chamber in the state. Compressed Air Therapy and Compressed Oxygen are used either as primary treatment or as a supplement to other forms of treatment such as surgery or antibiotics. The treatments offered from the UI Hyperbaric Medicine Facility have been proven effective for a number of medical and surgical conditions.

Interior of the UI Hospitals & Clinics hyperbaric chamber

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can help patients with wounds that are difficult to heal because of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or poor circulation. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to stimulate small blood vessel growth and promote new skin growth. There are 14 indications (illnesses, injuries, conditions) that are approved to be treated by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee:

  1. Acute thermal burn injury: Severe burns that can be treated with enhanced oxygen
  2. Air or gas embolism: When gas bubbles enter arteries or veins
  3. Arterial insufficiencies: Wounds that are not healing properly
  4. Carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide is inhaled and injuries arise from that
  5. Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis: A rapidly progressive infection of the soft tissue, commonly known as "gas gangrene"
  6. Compromised grafts and flaps: A skin graft does not heal properly
  7. Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemia: Injuries that result from trauma ranging from minor contusions to limb threatening damage
  8. Decompression sickness: Referred to as the "bends." Formation of inert gas bubbles in tissue usually caused by rapid ascent from a dive
  9. Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis): Some radiation treatments leave patients with cell damage to soft tissue (such as mouth, throat, and the gastrointestinal tract)
  10. Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: Hearing loss caused by a malfunction in a certain nerve in the brain
  11. Intracranial abscess: An inflammation caused from infected material coming from local or remote infectious sources
  12. Necrotizing soft tissue infections: Rare but severe type of bacterial infection that can cause tissue death
  13. Osteomyelitis: Infection of bone or bone marrow
  14. Severe anemia: Loss of red blood cell mass due to aplasia, hemolysis, or hemorrhage
Controls for the UI Hospitals & Clinics hyperbaric chamber

Care Team